All refugees, the circumstances notwithstanding, face immense hardship throughout their lives. In time, these hardships give way to new opportunities, dreams, and perspectives, as even in the face of suffering, one always retains their intrinsic self. Kim Ha, the protagonist in Thanhha Lai’s Inside Out and Back Again, experienced this through her family’s daring escape from war-torn South Vietnam. Consequently, Inside Out and Back Again serves as a fitting title for her story.
Jing-mei originally believed that in order to “be Chinese” one must live in China and abide by the stereotype of Chinese people; after her visit to China, she finds that “being Chinese” is accepting the Chinese DNA in her blood and understanding the culture. In the beginning of A Pair of Tickets, Jing-mei does not feel Chinese. She repeatedly denies being Chinese saying, “… and all of my Caucasian friends agreed: I was about as Chinese as they were” (Norton 179). She had never experienced the culture first-hand and never truly connected with her true heritage. She sees China in her visit. This is the first opportunity she has ever had to interact with other Chinese people. Coming from a social group of all Caucasian friends, first-hand interaction allows her to understand the Chinese people in a much more advanced manner. They seem less
Jimmy knows too well the agonies of abandonment. First, when his mother, Cecilia, ran away with Richard to pursue a better lifestyle. Then, due to his father’s, Damacio Baca, alcoholisms and violent behavior; he also had to leave Jimmy behind. In spite of the drawbacks from abandonment to being a maximum security prisoner in Arizona State Prison, Jimmy preserver’s the darkness of prison by overcoming his illiteracy. However Cecilia and Damacio is not as fortunate as their child; Cecilia is shot by Richard after confronting him for a divorce and Damacio chokes to death after he is released from the detox center(Baca 263). Therefore the most significant event in this section of the memoir, A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca is the death of Jimmy’s parents.
Grace has been told for more than half her life that she was crazy. Her mother’s death that she witnesses was an accident, there was no scarred man, and there was nothing she could do to change what had happened. But Grace knew they were wrong. With the help of her friends Noah, Megan and Rosie, she managed to discover that the scarred man was Dominic, the first love of her mother, who was there to kill her mother, but chose instead to stage her death. Grace came down just as Dominic was taking the picture, and picked up the gun that was lying on the floor. Firing blinding, she missed Dominic and shot her mother instead. The traumatic moment of shooting her mother was blocked from Grace’s mind as it was unable to handle what she did. Her family tries to protect her from this, saying it was an accident, trying to get Grace to stop pushing. When pushing too hard, Grace discovers the truth of what happened that night, and what she did, and with the
The novel “Out of the Dust,” by Karen Hesse is a story that teaches great lessons and a story could have happened to anyone or make an impact on anyone's life. In this novel, there is a young girl named Billie Jo. She has a rough life with not a lot of good things mixed in. She has a lot of downfalls in her life with a couple of uprisings. Even though she doesn’t have the best life she is grateful for what she does have. Her life taught me and could teach others to be thankful and grateful for what you have and to live life to the fullest. Also to keep pushing through the hard times, soon good things will come out of it because everything happens for a reason.
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“Ask me to help you find the wind” (Anderson 10). Melinda Sordino is a teenage girl who had been through a traumatic event in her life. Through the event, three people made Melinda strong in negative and positive ways. Andy Evans was the negative in the event. Mr. Freeman and Maya Angelou were the positive in the event. They helped her become strong enough to speak. Mr. Freeman and Maya Angelou had a strong, positive impact on Melinda’s experience. Andy Evans had a negative impact on her experience.
I hope all is well. I know how busy you probably are, but I didn't hear from you after our talk on Tuesday and wanted to check in on your decision timeline.
This project will focus on the similar characteristics of Joy-Hulga Hopewell from Flannery O’Connor’s story “Good Country People” and Dee-Wangero Johnson from the Alice Walker story “Everyday Use”. Although both characters have diverse backgrounds, the essay will demonstrate how much they resemble one another in their nature, struggles, and relationship with their mothers. This essay will focus on three main points of similarities between these women. A first example will be how Joy and Dee are both highly educated women which causes a great division for them with their families whom are uneducated in comparison. Each one creates conflict with their mother which they view as inferior and mock them, oblivious to how family is so important
"We get pulled out of our comfort zone to help shed our lukewarm nature, eventually trusting God in all of our circumstances"~Taryn Barnes
Violet Duran being a protagonist of the novel “Feed” by M.T Anderson stood out the most. To me she wasn't just some girl, she was different. titus was drawn to her and from the minute him and his friends started talking to her at the moon, they noticed she wasn't like them. Violet had her feed implanted in her brain when she was seven years old due to her parent’s financial situation. She is also home schooled by her father who is a professor who teaches the dead language. Both her parents didn't have the feed and were even hesitated about getting it for Violet. Until Violets father figured it was necessary for his daughter due to the generation she was going to grow up in and because of the job interview. He stated “Then one day, when
Frank is denied originally going to his first opportunity with a client and is shoed away until he finds the case of the vegetative girl.
"We attract who we are and repel what we are not, which is who you are, what you love, and why it has your attention with attraction." ~ Jon Barnes
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Jody is about an adopted child. It is about searching her natural parents. Who wants to know her true identity. This is the story of being human who has ever about the heart’s journey home. This is true to life story written by Jerry Hulse. Jody was an adopted daughter by Mary and Bruce Carr, who’s married dozen years before they adopt her. She was born on May 13, 1931 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was faces now serious surgery and the doctors needed her family background or medical history about her parents. When she was 16 years old, she knew that she was only an adopted daughter. Her adoptive parents never told her about it, only the place where she was born. And that is the only information to find her mother. Jerry Hulse her husband is the first travel editor in Los Angeles. He was died on 2002 at the age of 77.