English 91, P05
September 24, 2010
Reading Response: “Fish Cheeks”
In “Fish Cheeks,” by Amy Tan, we see a girl explaining an inevitable experience that
happened during the Christmas Eve dinner. In the article, the author details what her mother
cooked for dinner. She had a crush on Robert, the minister’s son, and her mother invited his
family to celebrate Christmas Eve with them.
Amy Tan shares her main idea by introducing a related information about her feelings.
For instance, she shames herself about her family’s Chinese customs. On the other hand, Robert
was blushed and occasionally grimaced while they were eating. At the end of the meal, Amy’s
father said that expressing a satisfaction after dinner is a polite Chinese custom. After everyone
left, the author’s mother talked seriously to Amy about what just happened during the dinner, by
the way, the mother advised her that probably she wanted to be the same as American people are,
but in her interior she will always be what she originally is: a Chinese. It wasn’t until many years
later when she discovered that her mother had chosen all her favorite foods, and certainly, she
learned that special lesson.
I strongly disagree about Amy’s shame for having a different nationality; however, it’s
totally understandable what she is feeling because she just wants to be as the people around her
and not being criticized. The people shall be definitely and without a doubt proud of where they
are from because that is what distinguishes them from other people.
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