As the mothers immigrated to the United States, they had undergone identity changes that would separate themselves from their Chinese cultures. Some identity changes are miniscule, yet left an impact on the mother's. Adjusting to the expectations set upon them during immigration made them present their westernized side. Many were reduced to being just students, displaced immigrants, or war brides. Immigrating women were not viewed as being there
In the beginning, we find Jing-Mei’s mother convincing her that she Jing-Mei characterizes her mother as an ideal parental figure by showing how much hope she has in her daughter. Her mother’s only wishes are to give her daughter more opportunities than she had growing up in China. And by doing this she shows that no matter how many conflicts there is between a mother and daughter, a mother will never give up hope on her daughter. She will cherish her for who she is in the end.
Throughout the novel The Woman Warrior, by Maxine Hong Kingston, the past is incorporated into the present through talk-stories combined into each chapter. Kingston uses talk-stories, to examine the intermingling of Chinese myths and lived experiences. These stories influence the life of the narrator as the past is constantly spoken
The reason why the author might have chosen the case-study approach to writing this book is because of the numerous similarities between the living conditions and circumstances that Ye and Ma faced. Both Ye and Ma were born in Beijing in around same period, they had both lived through the revolution in 1958 in the city, they became Red Guards in their early youth, and they both were sent to the countryside, and allowed to return back order to study. Also, they both traveled to the United States for their higher studies. Ye and Ma are discussing each aspect their life trajectory paralleled to
The four mothers first came to America with nothing, hoping to build better lives. They had difficult lives, each with countless amounts of struggles. The mothers wanted their children to have a perfect American life with a knowledge of Chinese culture. However, they came to realize that this hope of being American and keeping their Chinese heritage fully intact was not plausible. The swan best represents Lena, and her journey to grow from an unassertive, shy, and insecure young girl to a strong and independent woman. Ying-ying had hoped that Lena would eventually stand up for herself, to embrace her inner tiger. Ying-ying always wanted her daughter to have a better life than herself, to be confident and fearless. In the novel, Ying-ying says,
What culture they had was to be forgotten – a difficult and practically impossible feat. The Chinese-Americans faced a wall of cultural difference that could only be scaled with the support of their parents and local community. The book review of Bone by Nhi Le stated clearly how “ …
Over there nobody will look down on her, because I will make her speak only perfect American English. And over there she will always be too full to swallow any sorrow! She will know my meaning because I will give her this swan- a creature that became more than what was hoped for.” (Tan 1) The culture in China the mothers of Joy Luck dealt with was unlike anything their daughters could ever imagine or appreciate. Between the mothers Lindo, Suyuan, An-mei and Ying-ying, the Chinese culture forced them into being married by a matchmaker, giving up babies, witness desperate attempts to save loved ones, and having an abortion. In many ways the Chinese culture scared each woman, although they were proud of their heritage, their daughters deserved better. These four mothers had very high hopes for the better lives that they wanted to give their daughters by raising them in America. They didn’t like or want to have their daughters looked down upon, just because they were Chinese women. From each of their own experiences, they learned that they wanted to improve the lives of their following generation.
Amy Tan is an American Born Chinese, daughter of immigrants, and her family shares many features with the families depicted in her novels. Tan's novels offer some glimpses of life in China while developing the themes of mother-daughter relations, cultural adaptation and "women with a past". Tan’s novels
All through time, successive generations have rebelled against the values and traditions of their elders. In all countries, including China, new generations have sought to find a different path than that of their past leaders. Traditional values become outdated and are replaced with what the younger society deems
There are many topics that I have learned about U.S. history. One example of a topic I have learned is about is the hardships of the Chinese people. They have immigrated from China hoping to find success that they could not achieve while they were there. Chinese have demolished the work force that the American made an act to stop the Chinese from immigrating. However this did not stop them from coming in like being smuggled in. Chinese took upon the most dangerous jobs like mining and constructing railroads. Doing these dangerous jobs, a lot of the workers died but did not falter. This shows how much risk the Chinese took to support and help their family and America.
Four Chinese mothers have migrated to America. Each hope for their daughter’s success and pray that they will not experience the hardships faced in China. One mother, Suyuan, imparts her knowledge on her daughter through stories. The American culture influences her daughter, Jing Mei, to such a degree that it is hard for Jing Mei to understand her mother's culture and life lessons. Yet it is not until Jing Mei realizes that the key to understanding who her
I agree with the statement “the history of a family begins when a person leaves home” . when Chang left rural tradition behind to make a new life for themselves in the city. The old rules no longer apply, traditional education and family values have little or relevance, and new arrivals in the city have to learn fast and adapt quickly in order to survive and prosper in this strange and often hostile new environment. I saw so many changes for people migration to city .
In the 1999 novel “Chinese Cinderella”, author Adeline Yen Mah explores the theme of acceptance and belonging throughout the novel, as a result of her tragic childhood. The autobiography reveals the experiences of a young Chinese girl called Adeline, and her sense of isolation. The young girl is neglected by her family because she is being held liable for the death of her mother, who died during childbirth and leaving the family in poverty. As a result of this his heart-wrenching story, the author challenges the idea of belonging in an unkind family, to ultimately depict a sense of loneliness
Providing the two heroines with strong and engaging personalities, the novel portrays the life of two young Chinese girls, who because of historical events and family secrets, have to grow up faster than what they had planned. The book delivers emotional themes that are powerful yet familiar, and is written in a compelling manner.
For example, the narrator's mother grew up in China while the Daughter was raised in the United States. Finally, Amy Tan further demonstrates the cultural conflicts and confusions between the narrator's mother, a Chinese immigrant and her first generation Americanized daughter. For example, like all Chinese mothers of that time, the narrator's mother had high expectations for her and as such she wanted her daughter to become a prodigy. The narrator would take tests from her mother every night. However, she was frustrated with every test and the drive inside her began to vanish as she decided to be disobedient to her mother and a feud ensued. Thus conflict emanates between them when their cultures and goals collide.