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Seventeen Syllables

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Another similarity is that this inter-generational difference both leads to isolation and difficulty in understanding each other in the two stories. In “Seventeen Syllables”, Rosie lacks interest in learning and understanding the Japanese culture as a whole. Even when Rosie goes over to see the Hayano family, she and the four sisters discusses the new coat in English. They have no interest in the Japanese manners which is a major part of the Japanese culture. This difference in lifestyle and habits cause her hard to communicate with her traditional Japanese mother. The conflict between Rosie and Mrs. Hayashi mirrors the conflicts between the Issei and Nisei. The Nisei generation, who knows “formal Japanese by fits and starts”, has no interest
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