Point of View on Culture Among many literatures about Asian and Chinese culture “Saving Sourdi” by May-Lee Chai is one. This short story is about a young girl, Nea, and her sister, Sourdi, and what happens when Sourdi grows up when Nea does not want her to. Their family are Chinese and they moved to America.
This may stray away from the thesis, but it all ties together so the reader may see all times of viewpoints. Mistri talks about how remarkably, none of these mothers’ longs for her daughter to be Chinese following nothing but Chinese ways, for each woman has come to America with the intent of making a better life in which her family would know the renowned American feats. The structure of this short story sequence becomes a essential representation for the thematic features that link these stories to each other, connecting an understood dialogue among the four mothers and their daughters as they tell their
The girl loathes her living situation and throws around hurtful comments such as, “I could turn this whole house over, dump it!” The girl’s desire to defy her caretaker puts both in a sticky situation. Had the grandmother set even a few ground rules with her granddaughter, possibly some of
They spent lots of time together and had very sweet and passionate experiences. Sadly she had to leave her aunt’s house, leave the first boys she has ever been in love with and go back to a torturous place, her home. When she got back, she got beat up a lot more because while living with her aunt, she learned how to stand up for herself and grow up. That didn’t sit well with her father and he beat her up for standing up for herself at the dinner table. Of course it didn’t faze her mother because she was eat herself, but it emotionally hurt her younger siblings.
Also, she would not have been able to leave their parents to live a happier and safer life. She now lives in a safe place where she is not surrounded by anger and moving every day. Even through hardships she still kept a positive attitude, and learned to not hate on anyone. For example, she said, “You should never hate anyone, even your worst enemies. Everyone has something good about them.
Lessons from the Culture Every year we see family emigrate to other countries, and they face many challenges. The stories “Sweet, Sour, and Resentful”, by Firoozeh Dumas, and from “Fish Cheeks”, by Amy Tan, share similar cultures and really interesting stories. Also, both families from the essay share several challenges that they are face when they move to the United States of America. The two families share many similarities; however, they differ in to keeping their culture, showing openness, and teaching a lesson from their culture to others.
She was ashamed of her family and she rarely spent time with them once she went to college. I understand that she separated herself because she was angry, but her mother and siblings struggled as well and it was not right to leave them
The speaker’s grandmother is originally presented in a way that causes the ending to be a surprise, saying, “Her apron flapping in a breeze, her hair mussed, and said, ‘Let me help you’” (21-22). The imagery of the apron blowing in the wind characterizes her as calm, and when she offers to help her grandson, she seems to be caring and helpful. Once she punches the speaker, this description of her changes entirely from one of serenity and care to a sarcastic description with much more meaning than before. The fact that the grandmother handles her grandson’s behavior in this witty, decisive way raises the possibility that this behavior is very common and she has grown accustomed to handling it in a way that she deems to be effective; however, it is clearly an ineffective method, evidenced by the continued behavior that causes her to punish the speaker in this manner in the first place.
"Two Kinds" by Amy Tan is a complex representation of an unsteady mother-daughter relationship. The focal point of the story is oftentimes troublesome yet inescapable and uncovers clashing values. The relationship between Jing-mei and her mother stretches throughout the story. Conflict rises as opposite standpoints in connection with identification surface. Living in America as a Chinese immigrant, Jing-mei 's mother plants her dreams of American success on the shoulders of her daughter.
I believe a difficult moment for her was when her mother and Lori went away for the summer and left her in charge to pay the bills and feed the kids. Her father kept asking for money and as he expected her to do she would hand it over. He eventually convinced her that for her to get the money back he needed her to go on a “business trip” with him. This trip entailed her practically being sold to a man for sex by her own father. She kept thinking that her father would stop this man or that her father would come save her if anything were to happen.
Another fictional story that documents a young Asian American girl is Fish Cheeks written by Amy Tan. In the short narrative the author writes about the white minister’s family attending their Christmas Eve dinner. The main character becomes embarrassed over the minster’s son judging their traditional chinese foods and develops a dislike for her chinese culture (Tan). Instances where Asian Americans are judged for their culture happens frequently and it causes Asian American youth to leave behind their culture in order to fit in with mainstream American culture as soon as they get a chance, causing their history and tradition to be lost with
Throughout the entire novel, the mothers and daughters face inner struggles, family conflict, and societal collision. The divergence of cultures produces tension and miscommunication, which effectively causes the collision of American morals, beliefs, and priorities with Chinese culture which