Have you ever been consider an outsider? Do you know what it feels like to have your ethnical background view as inferior or strange? In Amy tan’s “Fish Cheeks” and Mya Angelou’s “champion of the the world” it gives insight as to what it is like to be non- white in a dominantly white America. They show the differences and similarities of what sets them apart from dominant culture, and how the events that both portrayed effected that difference. There are a few things that sets them both from dominate culture one being that they both are not white. Mya was black in small town Arkansas and Amy was Asian in big city. The main difference was that Amy tan was ashamed of her culture as can be seen when she says” What would Robert think of our shabby Chinese Christmas?” She wanted to fit in to white America, going as far as saying that she prayed for a “slim new American nose”. The same time Mya Angelou didn’t want to be white. She wanted her people to be view as equal and better. It wasn’t just herself it was her whole race as can be seen when she says that “it was our people failing.”(95).
Angelou, Mya. “champion of the world” Kennedy, Kennedy, Aaron 93-96. Kennedy X.J., Dorthy M. Kennedy and Jane E. Aaron,eds. “The Bedford Reader” 10th ed. Boston; Bedford/St. martin’s 2011. Print. Tan, Amy. “Fish cheeks”, Kennedy, Kennedy, Aaron 99-100.