The Evolution of Self in Asian-American Women in the Us (Joy Luck Club)

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Essay 2-The Evolution of Self in Asian-American Women in the US The conflict of a typical mother/daughter relationship exists in many cultures. This conflict for many Asian-American women was further exasperated as these women were forced to also deal with adjusting as first, second, and third generation Americans in a sometimes unwelcome society. As a child, Japanese-American Janice Mirikitani, was interned, along with her mother, at a “work relocation camp” during 1941in Rohwer, Arkansas (Americans Who Tell the Truth @ AWTTT). Despite her unfavorable origins of birth as an interned US citizen of Japanese descent, Mirikitani has gone on to become a self-proclaimed visionary, community activist, leader, poet, and editor in American…show more content…
Delmendo, Mirikitani). The first generation of Mirikitani women had to potentially overcome the silence of her liberties by the traditions of two cultures. The culture of Japanese tradition she left behind and that of the unwelcoming American culture. Instead of fighting against this persecution by the United States, she chose to remain silent and hidden within the confines of her Japanese culture. As a Nisei, second generation Japanese-American, Janice begins to question her role as a woman in American in society. She wants to break the tradition of silence and speak out against the defined role that society has laid out for her. She makes attempts to do this in her own mind so that she can pass this knowledge on to her daughter, but she seems unable to do so. In the poem, she expresses her discontent at remaining silent and hopes that she can convey this yearning to break tradition, and be heard in society, to her daughter. Before she can express these sentiments to her sansei daughter, she realizes that her daughter was able to break this chain of silence that was passed down to her and find her self-identity on her own. She seems to be unaware of the confinements of either culture and seems to have no problem in expressing herself or in embracing her American culture. A

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