The Search for Identity

1422 Words Jun 15th, 2018 6 Pages
The Search for Identity in “It’s Hard Enough Being Me” by Anna Lisa Raya, “Who Will Light Incense When Mother’s Gone” by Andrew Lam, and “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan

Identity in America is becoming a worldwide issue for everyone who has immigrated here. In the three essays that I have looked at, I have seen the same issue being discussed. It is the theme of being treated differently and looked at differently. The stories talk about how children come from different areas from the world and try to fit into the American society but the parents do not respect the decision. The parents still want to carry out their culture traditions. In all my three stories they continually explore how difficult the search for identity is while they are young.
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This sets off the whole mood of the essay in a calm, questioning, and reflective manner. He goes on to support his thesis statement in the essay by showing the readers the conflict of why his mother questions who will carry on the traditions of their cultural due to Andrew being a Vietnamese American boy. Throughout the essay Andrew trying to reflect his feelings towards his mother’s way of living and how it affects him as a person and that their relationship is being tested over society. Andrew expresses this through the text by using direct quotes of a conservation between him and his mother where she asks him to speak more Vietnamese in their home and he replies “No, what good is it to speak, it’s not as if I’m going to use it when I move out”(Lam 1078), in English. This remark from her son calls the mother to say that he is “the worst thing she could muster, you’ve become a little American now, haven’t you? A cowboy” (Lam 1078). Andrew Lam’s story has a bit of a different view on the world in the beginning unlike Amy Tan. Lam’s essays starts off negative but changing to a positive outlook Amy Tans is positive to positive.

My third story “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan is about a mother who arrives in the United States after losing her entire family including her first husband, their infant twin daughters, and her parents. Once she settles in America, she
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