The passage writes that opposite existences unite to create a necessary whole, and therefore, cannot be separated. We should not call one good and the other bad because they cannot exist without one another. We may like one aspect more than the other, but we have to keep in mind that we can only do so when the other exists as a comparison. Without ugliness, how do we know what’s beautiful? Laozi is teaching us to look at things from a different perspective and appreciate the balance of yin and yang.
These poems discussed factors leading to immigration, such as poverty, arranged marriages through the “picture bride” system, and ambition. They communicated to historians the complex and differing stories of immigrants bravely facing a new world of American Sinophobia and Yellow Peril, allowing a more complex analysis of Asian-American history. These poems, alone, have shaped much of our modern understanding of early Asian
Chapter six examines the anti-Chinese sentiment with the emerging class antagonism and turmoil between white capitalists and workers. The unwelcomed arrival of Chinese immigrants brought along their own social organizations such as the huiguan, fongs, and tongs. These types of social organizations secured areas of employment and housing for Chinese immigrants in California. This social structure that was unknown to Anglos led them to also categorize Chinese on the same level as Indians by depicting them as lustful heathens whom were out to taint innocent white women. These images were also perpetuated onto Chinese women, thus, also sexualizing them as all prostitutes.
Yin-Yang theory is the Chinese symbol of creation that explained the binary opposition and the balance between two opposites. According to the terms of yin and yang, women were yin and men were yang. “Yin was soft, yielding, receptive, passive, reflective, and tranquil, whereas yang was hard, active, assertive, and dominating. Day and night, winter and summer, birth and death.” (Ebrey, 2010).
“The concept of Qi is based on the ancient Chinese initial understanding of natural phenomena.” (Acuhealing.com, 2011) People in ancient China observed that some visible and touchable substances in nature would transform into another invisible and formless substances, namely water transform into fog under evaporation. The observation drives them realize the existence of qi. Besides, in the Yin-yang theory, they believe that all the things are in yin and yang cooperation system, and have yin side and yang side.
Tan expresses the life experiences of Chinese immigrants to the United States and attempts to depict the relationship of a mother and daughter through her significant piece of writing ‘The Joy Club’. Therefore, all these authors somehow portrayed their early struggles and their view point towards life from their literary
As many Chinese-Americans grew up in the 1960’s, one women described it best in her multiple literary works. Bestselling, Chinse-American writer, Amy Tan in her autobiographic essay, “Fish Cheeks”, illustrates her humiliating experience at a Christmas Eve dinner at the age of fourteen. Tan’s purpose is to interpret the idea of how her mother cared for Tan deeply and wanted her to be proud of her Chinese heritage and family. She adopts a nostalgic tone in order to engage relatable thoughts and feelings in her adult readers. Even decades after the essay had been written, readers can still relate to the embarrassing situation that Tan had to face.
As the situation currently stands, there is no problem with the presentation of Asian American as a unified experience. This unification of all Asian Americans in America’s eyes – especially those of white Americans – can be seen through two lenses: the treatment of past immigrants and the beliefs about current Asian Americans. In his article The Centrality of Racism in Asian American History, Ronald Takaki states, regardless of Asian Americans’ contribution to the development of the American West, when “one hears Americans tell of the immigrants who built this nation…one is often led to believe that all our forebearers came from Europe.” America does not want the Asian American portion of its population to be recognized because the fact that the ‘Orient’ assisted with the building of the United States is contrary to all standing American and emphasizes the indebtedness of America to the Asians to crossed the ocean to supplement their economy. Primarily, Americans viewed Asian immigrants as “clannish, rigidly attached to their old country and old culture” or in other words as a group which cannot possibly be assimilated
It represents the primary Taoist principles and it is meant to represent the polar opposites and that in order to achieve harmony the opposites need to be balanced. Talismans are used within Taoism with the thought of bringing good luck or to remove evil spirits. Art is also present within Taoism, such as in paintings drawings, sculptures, palaces and temples. The paintings and drawings have the goal to portray the balance and harmony within nature. Palaces and temples in another hand were built-in according to the yin and yang symbol so there would be balanced in the layout and construction.
When Asian came to America— a place where full of unfamiliar faces, speak different language, have different belief and culture, how would they respond and adapt to these changes? This essay investigates on Asian American experience in terms of culture, racial discrimination, culture assimilation and collision, and lost of identity through diverse motions in four Asian American poems- “Eating Alone”, “Eating Together”, and “Persimmons” by Li-Young Lee, and “The Lost Sister” by Cathy Song. From the motions or movement in the poems, we can further look into their life and feeling of being an Asian American. In “Eating Alone” and “Eating Together”, speaker would like to express his yearning towards his death father and convey the hierarchy of
Michelle Gaffner also notes the tension put on relationships due to cultural indifferences in her article “Negotiating the Geography of Mother-Daughter Relationships in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club” when she writes, “The mother-daughter relationships in both China and the United States represented in The Joy Luck Club not only provide a link between the past and the present but also suggest how the ability, or the inability, for mothers and daughters to share geographically informed cultural stories influences both mother-daughter relationships and individual and cultural identity” (83). The
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
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston addresses prevalent topics faced in America today. How should women act? Should women be treated differently from men? In her memoir, Kingston faces many obstacles with her Chinese-American identity such as finding her voice as a young woman. In “White Tigers,” Kingston tells her own version of a popular Chinese ballad, “Fa Mu Lan,” while incorporating her own reality back into the section.
Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club is an amazing representation of what Chinese immigrants and their families face. The broad spectrum of the mothers’ and daughters’ stories all connect back to a couple of constantly recurring patterns. These patterns are used to show that how the mothers and daughters were so differently raised affected their relationships with each other, for better and for worse. To begin with, the ever-present pattern of disconnect between the two groups of women is used to show how drastically differently they were raised.