Bi, Zijian Thu. 3/5/2015 English 2B Ms. Freeland 2° WHEN THE DREAM COMES TRUE What is your American Dream? “The Joy Luck Club”, a novel by Amy Tan, talks about how four mother-daughter pairs have fulfilled their American Dreams. Suyuan and Jing-mei was one of the mother-daughter pair who wants to fulfill their dreams in America. Suyuan’s American Dream starts in her heart when she decides to escape from the chaotic China and find a better life by immigrating to America.
Another exceptional example is the short story “Two Ways To Belong To America”. In the story two sisters, Mira and Bharati, come from India with the same aspirations, to earn degrees in college and return to India to marry an Indian man. Both girls wore saris, while having the same views on politics,social issues, love, and marriage. In short, they were very connected and influenced by their Indian culture. Once the girls arrived in America things did not go quite as planned.
In “Two ways to Belong in America” there are the two sisters that have to interact with the country that they’ve chosen to live. The author contrasts her American lifestyle to her sister’s Indian traditional life. When a new legislation that stimulated citizenship to legal immigrant living in the US was passed, both sisters had different reactions. Starting with Mira saying “I feel manipulated and discarded. This is such an unfair way to treat a person who was invited to stay and work here because of her talent.” (Mukherjee) and on the other hand there is a different reaction from the other sister Bharati by saying “I need to feel like a part of the community that I’ve have adopted.
Giving up Indian citizenship for an American citizenship and marrying outside of her family’s culture. Besides their differences the two sister keep in contact as they are blood sisters living in a foreign country. Mira complains about the unfairness given now to legal immigrants even though she’s has worked
2. The type of comparison and contrast Mukherjee uses in this essay, is the point-by-point pattern. 5. The argument Mukherjee makes for becoming a U.S. citizen, is that America spoke to her in ways that India didn’t. She feels the need to be a part of the communities within the United States, in order to try and make her home the best place possible.
Attempting to completely get rid of their culture by teaching Native American children the “dominant” culture. Zitkala Sa decides to portray what happens to Native American when forced through assimilation by writing The Soft-Hearted Sioux. In The Soft-Hearted Sioux the boy was taught from a young age that his culture is savage and wrong while the white man’s culture is right. The boy testifies that “With the white man's Bible in my hand, and the white man's tender heart in my breast, I returned to my own people. Wearing a foreigner's dress, I walked, a stranger, into my father's village (1847).” Zitkala added this to exhibit what changes and how it feels going back home after going to missionary school.
Without this liked grandma of first praise for her American children and grandchildren in a barbaric country, which seems to contrast Michele, Keeks, and Juniors love of American culture, cause we can see, based on their heroes and villains game, which takes its references from popular American culture. narrator thinks of herself as American, not so much Japanese was her friend and the United States government does. Her identity is based on what she likes of her experiences, not so much for heritage. Cisneros 's narrator sees herself as very clearly different from her Mexican grandmother. But others charge for others Mexican
Having to leave that safety blanket and beginning a new life can be intimidating and frightening. A person’s former ways and morals could change into the polar opposite. However, keeping something from before can be a friendly reminder and help hold on to the past. In the short story, Clothes by author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, the main character Mita thoroughly experiences this situation as she moves from her homeland India, to modern America to marry a complete stranger and commence a life with him. She holds on to and cherishes her Indian style clothing until she becomes influenced with American fashion.
This stands as an example of the importance reading can have on a person’s life, as the person becomes aware that they can fight the ignorance others want them to have. Nowadays, Alexie has become a successful writer who visits schools at Indian reservations to teach children to read and write in order to save them just as he saved himself, through the simple spark of reading a
The mothers have a deeper connection with their culture because they were raised to be more traditional; they contain more wisdom that they have gained from their long lifetimes. It is inevitable for the pairs to have misunderstandings. One generation was born and raised in China, while the other, the daughters, were raised in America. The daughters strive to find their identities in American culture and not in Chinese culture the way their mothers did. In the book, Lindo Jong was forced to marry the boy chosen for her by the matchmaker.