Diane Abbott, A British Party Politician, Once Said “Outsiders

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Diane Abbott, A British party politician, once said “Outsiders often have an insight that an insider doesn’t quite have” In Firoozeh Dumas’s “The ‘F Word” and Amy Tan’s “Fish Cheeks”, both authors take a different approach to adapting to an American life style. Firoozeh Dumas, an Iranian-American author, and Amy Tan, from Chinese origins author, give a description of how they try to sway away from their cultures to become more Americanized. From an outside few many people would see large differences in their approach, but I view both of their stories very similar. Dumas’ parents’ and Tan’s parents’ approval towards their actions contrast one another allow for the readers understand the life of an outsider. Whereas, Dumas’ and Tan’s search…show more content…
Tan’s parents see the shun of culture in her behavior, and don’t approve of it. They may feel disrespected by Tan’s shun of culture. Tan’s descriptive details of her parents allow the reader to see the drastic difference of how different ethnic background few things. Tan’s mother acknowledges that Amy wants to be an American girl, she continues by saying “But inside you must always be Chinese. You must be proud you are different. Your only shame is to have shame.” As a mother, Tan’s mother tries to provide words of influence to her daughter allowing her to see and feel how her mother reacts towards the shun of culture. The actions her father takes allows for the idea that Amy may do this for often than not. Her father sees the reaction toward the fish eyes by Tan, and doesn’t pay any mind to it. The contrast of the mother and father reaction towards Tan’s action can show a disapproval and shame of having their daughter deny their culture. In Addition, the approach towards self-acceptance between Dumas and Tan are very similar. In “The F word,” Firoozeh is trying to find out who she really was and how she identifies herself. Firoozeh describes the troubles while having a foreign name; however, she decided not to put up with it anymore and changed her name in hopes that it would make life as an outsider easier. Firoozeh allows the hardships she must experience to get the better of her. She describes how

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