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    civilizations to the modern day, twenty-first century world, the society has deprived countless individuals of their inner self, forcing many to lock away their creativity and individuality deep within themselves. In the short story “Two Kinds”, Jing-Mei, a Chinese-American girl, struggles with independence and the development of her identity. As the story advances, Jing-Mei learns how to balance her mother’s wants with her own needs. The story is set in an American-Asian immigrant family, with Jing-Mei’s mother

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    No Name Woman Summary

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    In No Name Woman by Maxine Hong Kingston, the intercrossing adaption of memory and narrative challenges the gender inequality in the old China. In relation to the unnamed aunt’s story, mother of the narrator talks story orally when the narrator tells story in print. The mother believes the story would keep the narrator from any act of sexual transgression, while the narrator retells the story to question the traditional system of gender identities, roles and expectations. With reference to the relationship

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    Joy Luck Club Analysis

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    What effects do different cultures take on mothers (Chinese) and daughters (American) throughout the book? The book “The Joy Luck Club” takes on an interesting way to present it’s plot to readers. It consists of the telling of the stories of four Chinese mothers (before they immigrated to the United States) in the first four chapters. Following this is the stories of these mother’s daughters (again, in four chapters). This “organization” of the first half of the story is key to allow the reader

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    politically. Men have political position and runs a business while women stay behind or their home. Maxine Kingston “The Woman Warrior” novel is influenced by this historical event. Her book was an autobiography, and a compilation of folk story told by her Chinese mother. It was a representation of her life, her mother, and aunt in America. Maxine Kingston is a feminist author translating her ideas through written words. Maxine Kingston’s novel “The Woman Warrior” highlighted how the historical, cultural, and

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    Do you yourself believe you could play the game of life by following the original rules or switching it up? As i read through the story, “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan, it informs me of so many different personalities and desires between these mothers and daughters. A certain set of mothers and daughters were Waverly and her mother Lindo Jong. Waverly and her mother have these personalities that might remind one of the abilities of chess board pieces because Lindo is like a pawn that knows her

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    The Disney animated movie (Mulan) is inspired by a medieval Chinese legend, which is about a young woman who joins the army to save her father 's life. The legend has countless variations, although the earliest is called "Mulan Shi" or "Mulan Poem", written between 386 AD and 533 AD. The Disney version differs from the myth, while not paying attention to the accuracies of the legend, they go in the direction of looking for self-worth, feminism, and romance. This creates many historical inaccuracies

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    Family in Chinese Culture As shown in Amy Tan's short stories A Pair of Tickets, Immortal Heart, and Two Kinds, one can see the importance of family in Chinese culture. In the piece A Pair of Tickets, it is shown how hard Jing-mei's mother Suyuan looks for the twin babies she is forced to leave behind. Her effort is shown when Jing-mei's father recalls the travels, saying, "We went to many different cities, back to Kweilin, to Changsha, as far south as Kunming. She was always looking out of one

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    Amy Tan Two Kinds

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    written short story about the conflicts of a Chinese immigrant mother and child, who clash due to their different definitions of living a fulfilled life. In the short story, a theme that has played out from paragraph to paragraph is the suppression of a person 's identity based on the expectations of society.  In the story, the author states that “We didn 't immediately pick the right kind of prodigy.  At first, my mother thought I could be a Chinese Shirley Temple” (Tan paragraph 4).  The word prodigy

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    Hyeonseo Lee Quotes

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    craftiness shows what it takes to be a survivor. To start, in Ted talk “My escape from North Korea” Hyeonseo Lee uses her courage to make on the spot decisions to keep her and her family alive which shows what it takes to be survivor. “As the Chinese officer approached my family, I impulsively stood up, and I told him that these are deaf and dumb people that I was chaperoning.” (7:28, Lee) She is very courage’s for defending her family and smart for making a good on spot decision. When Lee was

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    The Woman Warrior Quotes

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    for her voice and her Chinese-American identity. She reveals the protagonist’s childhood fantasy of living the life of Fa Mu Lan, the woman warrior—one of many talk-stories Kingston heard while growing up. I’ve read various versions of Fa Mu Lan, but the one described in the story has a distinctive plot. Instead of a delighted ending where she had a family, others ended dreadfully that she committed suicides. The story of Fa Mu Lan provided an alternative sense to the Chinese traditional beliefs and

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    All countries have different levels of globalization and they’re all determined by many indicators. In China, it’s quite different. Even though China is considered as an MEDC, many provinces are not very developed. This is because China is a huge country with an immense population which makes it harder for the government to develop the country as a whole. That said, globalization is still a huge part in China’s development and globalization affects many different factors of the country. The factors

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    Human nature has progress in time from the barbarian to civilized mankind, from undemocratic to be more liberal and democratic. The civilization of human nature growth matured into a more structured values, culture and norms, institutions, system and rule of law to govern the domestic and international relation of states. The idea of a democratic state does not go to war has become a very influential theory among liberalist scholars. ‘On Perpetual Peace’ - Democratic peace theory (DPT) introduced

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    differences in the usage of parenting methods in Chinese and Westerners culture. The author has personally raised her children in a highly strict manner so her children succeed in life and academics. Chua often refers to the term “Chinese mother” that describes her parenting style apart from Western parents. The main purpose of this article is to show the two parenting techniques and how they affect the child 's success. Amy Chua’s intense Chinese mother style is extremely hard on children. The

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    thus presented with Tiananmen Square as a place where society’s frustrations are heard and treated with the seriousness they deserve. Tiananmen Square is further shown as marking a damaging period in Chinese history. In the book, the authors present the little known aspirations of frustrated Chinese. Lisa Zhang is used as representative character who is nursing an ambition to study in the United States so as to earn a gateway to a better life. Tiananmen Square is projected as the final let out of

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    Cultural revolution The Red Scarf Girl, Ji-Li Jiang is a girl who lived the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a time of fear when all the laws of China broke down, At the start life was good for Ji-Li she was good in academics and she was a social person but as the book progressed Ji-Li’s life was starting to be ruined by Bad Academics because teachers were considered Four Olds (Something that is from the Old Chinese Culture) because Chairman Mao(a communist revolutionary) wanted to “Revolutionize"

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    “Please believe that one single positive dream is more important than a thousand negative realities.” This text is written in the preface of Adeline Yen Mah’s second book, Chinese Cinderella, originally published on September 1999 by Delacorte Press. The author, Adeline Yen Mah (嚴君玲), is a retired doctor in the United States whose passion is to write since childhood. She was once a chief physician specializing in anesthesiology; however, after the publication of her first novel, Falling Leaves,

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    Diana Lu, born in the time of a dark and confused period MaoZeDong’s Cultural Revolution in China was forced to leave their comfortable homes and middle class life in the city. She is a person who inspires others through her life story that she shared in this book “Daughter of the Yellow River, passionate and determined to create a better life for herself after all the struggles she’ve been through in her childhood days she had decided to have a life based on her own talents and dreams. She describes

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    Tan sets all her novels within the circle of the Chinese American family and inside the minds and psyches of the family members. Tan takes her readers into pre-Communist Chinese society in which the aristocratic family is the visible evidence of unwritten rules that require absolute filial piety, that sanction hierarchies based on gender and class, that condone concubinage and the virtual enslavement of women within arranged marriages, and that stress above everything else the importance of saving

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    Mao Era Gender

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    Intro What does it mean to have grown up in the Mao era? This book is a collection of memories by nine Chinese women who grew up during the Mao era and now live in the United States. The authors attend to gender in a way that most males have barely noticed and they also reflect and share their lives in the United States. In this book, it contains as varied as these women’s lives. The burgeoning rebellion of a young girl in northeast China. A girl’s struggles to obtain for herself the education her

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    on their road to the better life that they thought America would provide for them. The Germans, Irish, Japanese and the Chinese immigrants have all faced challenges in America. Some questions arose about whether one could keep the culture of their past country and still given American opportunities. In the book, “The Joy Luck Club,” by Amy Tan, Lindo Jong, one of the Chinese mothers who immigrated said that it was impossible to have American

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