Asian American Literature 5558
March 25, 2010
A View Point of an Interracial Relation
Racial relation is an ongoing problem in society but not as serious as it was many years ago. It’s stereotyping and discriminating against another race different from your own. In Sin Sin Far’s, “The Story of One White Woman Who Married a Chinese” and “Her Chinese Husband”, the type of racial relation that is portrayed is an interracial marriage. Minnie, the main character who was first married to a white man name James and then she married a Chinese man name Liu. What we don’t see behind the marriage is how it affects the individual and how we judge them because of the choice they make. To understand the portrayal of interracial relation, we have to analyze Minnie’s feelings about her decision, the fear she has for her son, and the reaction of the society they lived in.
Both men and women want to be acknowledged in a marriage or in any relationships and to feel respected for who they are. Minnie’s first marriage with James was perfect in the beginning but as time passed it wasn’t a picture perfect family anymore. Minnie explains, “He was neither a drinking nor an abusive man; but he could say such cruel and cutting things that I would hundred times rather have been beaten and ill-used than compelled, as was, to hear them. He even made me feel it as a disgrace to be a woman and mother” (pg.70). This explained how Minnie felt as a woman, wife, and mother by her own husband who was the same race as her. Being with someone with the same race as you doesn’t guarantee that it can be a fairy tale but of course nothing is perfect. The way Minnie was treated and felt she couldn’t make that her life anymore. Her Chinese husband Liu on the other hand even though the differences of the race caused disapproval among people she didn’t care stated in this quote, “The happiness of the man who loves me is more to me than the... [continues]
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