"Fish Cheeks By Amy Tan" Essays and Research Papers

  • Fish Cheeks By Amy Tan

     “Fish Cheeks” In Amy Tan’s short story, “Fish Cheeks”, Amy changes drastically. You really see a change in herself. Not an outward change, it’s definitely more of an inward change. In the beginning of the story she tells you how she fell in love with the minister’s son when she was fourteen. She was Chinese, he was American, and she made it evident that it bothered her. She was scared of what her crush, Robert, would think of her when his family had plans to come to her house for Christmas Eve...

    Amy Tan, Blushing, Christmas Eve 916  Words | 3  Pages

  • Amy Tan "Fish Cheeks"

    impression does Amy Tan present of herself in “Fish Cheeks”? How? In “Fish Cheeks”, Amy Tan gives an impression of being insecure and overly dramatic. She is especially insecure about being Chinese, and this is evident in several points during the text. She has a crush on a white boy, Robert, who she describes first and foremost as “not Chinese, but as white as Mary in the manger”. Comparing him to Mary, a holy figure, almost suggests an idealization of Robert because of his race. Amy also wishes...

    Blushing, Chinese cuisine, Cooking 579  Words | 2  Pages

  • Fish Cheeks

    Isabel Loeper Period 4 10/1/14 Fish Cheeks In Amy Tan’s Fish Cheeks, published in a 1987 issue of Seventeen Magazine, Tan wishes to let her audience know that it is okay to want to be different, but always hold on to who you were before as well. Ms. Tan drew in the audience by beginning her story with the common line about love. She made things interesting by tell us that her crush was set to join her at Christmas Eve. She went on to explain that her Chinese cultural family was an embarrassment...

    Blushing, Christmas Eve, Decapoda 696  Words | 2  Pages

  • Amy Tan Fish Cheeks

    Amy Tan and Maya Angelou come from extremely different cultures, and trying to feel accepted in American Culture. Both authors discuss a feeling of being an outcast and how their cultural differences set them apart. However, Amy Tan effectively uses narration and description to depict her sense of isolation from the dominant American culture. Angelou’s story is set in the South during the 1930’s when racism was prominent in society and an acceptable practice. Angelou’s writing mostly describes...

    Culture, Embarrassment, Emotion 394  Words | 2  Pages

  • English: First-person Narrative and Fish Cheeks

    Maya Angelou and “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan, both authors tell the reader their own story. Maya Angelou and Amy Tan, who were growing up in different environment and communities, have different experiences and different ways to tell their stories. Compare the two authors Angelou and Tan, Angelou is more effectively on using description to depict her sense of isolation from the isolation from the dominant culture in the time and place of her story, in comparison with Angelou; Tan is more effectively...

    First person, First-person narrative, Grammatical person 1543  Words | 5  Pages

  • Champion of the World and Fish Cheeks

    “Champion of the World” and Amy Tan’s “Fish Cheeks” are both telling story about their younger days living as a minority in an Anglo community culture. Angelou uses narration from the commentator from the radio about the boxing match between Joe Louis and an unnamed white contender, and descriptive phrases and words to depict the high atmospheric tension in the store to elaborate the isolation she and her community felt towards the white Americans. On the other hand, Tan uses intense in-depth descriptions...

    African American, African-American Civil Rights Movement, Black people 1056  Words | 3  Pages

  • Amy Tan

    Amy Tan's "Two Kinds" is an autobiographical look into her childhood that shows the conflict between Tan and her mother, the difference between old and new cultures, the past and the present, and parents' expectations vs. reality. Couples of opposing elements comprise the basis of the entire story; to another extent even the title itself, "Two Kinds," shows the friction that Tan creates. The strongest argument that Tan suggest is that this may not only be a look into her own life, rather it may...

    Amy Tan, Emotion, Parent 1319  Words | 4  Pages

  • Joe Louis and Fish Cheeks

    of the World”, she recounts a scene of a boxing match between Joe Louis and Carnera in which the outcome of the match was very important because it would determine whether the blacks would be subjugated to the whites or not. Similarly, in Amy Tan's “Fish Cheeks”, she remembers a story of when she was fourteen during Christmas when her crush and his father were invited to their house, she felt embarrassed at her family, the food, and Chinese traditions. Both stories mention nationalities which feel...

    Black people, Race, South Africa 985  Words | 3  Pages

  • Amy Tan

    Kinds by Amy Tan, there is a mother who motivates her daughter by making her participate in several trainings to enhance her skills. Amy is signed up for many practices and events that she does not want to do. However, throughout the story we see a dramatic change in Amy from being an obedient to defiant caused by her mother’s pressure to become someone who she was not. From the story we see countless bad parenting habits. The first habit that we capture is the unsympathetic feeling towards Amy. A parents...

    Amy Tan, Bullying, Childhood 1053  Words | 4  Pages

  • Fish Cheeks by Amy Tan Rhetorical Strategies

    Alexis Henry Gifted author of Fish Cheeks, Amy Tan, assures young girls that being different is not only acceptable, but also advantageous. Rhetorical strategies-such as imagery, tone, diction, and appeals (logos, ethos, pathos)-were the brushes with which she painted a portrait of self-acceptance for teenage girls everywhere. Tan uses a sympathetic tone to relate to the awkward teenage reader that is experiencing the same thing and the nostalgic adult reader that has experienced. Tan’s...

    Appeal, Chinese language, Cuisine of the United States 425  Words | 2  Pages

  • Amy Tan

    fate by reinventing the story that is told about a crooked nose. • • All the stories in her books are interlocking personal narrative in different voices. The narrators appear as characters in each other’s stories as well as tell their own stories, Tan does not have to fully develop the narrator’s voice in each story. While American daughters like Jing-mei employ personal narrative as a way of telling stories, the ’’ Because this indirect means is the only way Jing-mei’s mother can interpret...

    Amy Tan, China, Chinese nationalism 2384  Words | 7  Pages

  • Mother Tounge - Amy Tan

    Amy Tan, the author of “Mother Tongue,” gives the audience a new outlook and better understanding of the struggles that every immigrant who lives in United States had gone through every day. Amy Tan gives the audience the positive view on the “broken” English speakers by using herself and her mother as an example. Her mother did not get respect from the hospital and also the stockbroker due to her limited use of English. In contrast, Amy Tan was treated very well because of speaking proper English...

    English language, First language, French language 896  Words | 3  Pages

  • fish cheeks

    Have you ever been in a situation were you cant except who you are and want to be the same as everybody else???? Amy Tan the writer of fish cheeks writes about herself. She is very creative but has a problem. she is Chinese but everybody else is American and she feels kind different. and lest out. and wishes she could be American. So without her knowing her mom and dad invite the family that her crush perhaps to be the son of the ministers family so she thinks he’s going to think were weird cause...

    Christmas, Christmas worldwide, Family 520  Words | 2  Pages

  • Amy Tan "Fish Cheeks" vs. Maya Angelou's "Champion of the World"

    Amy Tan's "Fish Cheeks" and Maya Angelou's "Champion of the World" Maya Angelou and Amy Tan discuss religious problems and culture differences in their literature. The authors have captured these differences by their past experiences of friends and family. Both authors come from a diverse culture, but both face the same harsh society of the American culture and beliefs. The Author's both tell about situations in their short stories of being outcasts and coming from different racial backgrounds...

    African American, African-American Civil Rights Movement, Oprah Winfrey 813  Words | 2  Pages

  • Fish Cheeks

    Fish Cheeks Acceptance in a new environment is tough whether you are from distant lands or around the corner fitting in is always desired. This is something many kids can relate to at one point or another. Amy Tan’s essay “Fish Cheeks” exposes the reader to the vulnerability she felt as a young Chinese teenager growing up in America. Fish Cheeks is a short story about a young Chinese girl in America with a crush on Robert, The son of the pastor of her church. Tan’s background inhibits the acceptance...

    Amy Tan, Christmas, Christmas Eve 545  Words | 2  Pages

  • A Glimpse Into Amy Tan

    A Glimpse of Amy Tan As one of the first Asian American cultural writers of her time, Amy Tan is also one of the most significant contemporary writers of Literature today. Amy Tan brings to life the struggles of dual cultural identity, generational clashes due to age and cultural gaps minority woman face in society. Many of her stories are based upon real obstacles her, her Mother and Grandmother had in their lives as young woman, facing not only the minority issues but the sexiest stigma’s of...

    Amy Tan, Cengage Learning, Chinese American 1485  Words | 4  Pages

  • Amy Tan

    embarrassed by your family? In the memoir “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan, Amy, a Chinese-American girl is embarrassed by her family’s Chinese customs at Christmas Eve dinner. The reason she is so humiliated is because her family invited the minister and his family over for dinner, and Amy, who has a crush on their son Robert, is acutely aware of the cultural differences between the two families. In spite of the fact that the meal was a horrifying event for young Amy, she eventually learns to appreciate her...

    Amy Tan, Blushing, Christmas tree 699  Words | 2  Pages

  • Fish Cheeks

    English 91, P05 Mr. Perez 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...

    Christmas, Christmas Eve, Christmas tree 265  Words | 2  Pages

  • Amy Tan - Mother Tongue

    English 101 Mother Tongue Amy Tan makes a valid point about the use of different Englishes that are spoken in different places and to certain people. What one says may sometimes vary based on the person, situation, or event as well. How one speaks and what they pick up on happens in the home and other people see them differently based on the way they speak. Different languages become difficult to translate as well because there isn’t always a similar word in the translating language. Many people...

    Amy Tan, Christina Aguilera, English language 1016  Words | 3  Pages

  • Fish Cheeks

    Questions: “Fish Cheeks” 1. Why does Tan cry when she finds out that the boy she is in love with is coming to dinner? -Amy cried, because she thought Robert would be disappointed about her and her family. 2. Why does Tan’s mother go out of her way to prepare a traditional Chinese dinner for her daughter and her guests? What one sentence best sums up the lesson Tan was not able to understand until years later? -I think Amy’s mother did a traditional Chinese dinner because since it was...

    American films, Debut albums, English-language films 331  Words | 2  Pages

  • Two Kinds by Amy Tan

    The author, Amy Tan is a second generation Chinese immigrant. Her parents are both Chinese immigrants. Her father and one of her brothers passed away during her early teens. At that period, she found out that her mother had been married before in China. She left her divorced ex-husband and three daughters in China. In 1987, after her mother recovered from a serious illness, they took a trip to China where Tan reunited with her half-sisters. The trip offered Tan a new perspective on her mother and...

    American Dream, Amy Tan, China 1253  Words | 3  Pages

  • Two Kinds by Amy Tan

    “Two Kinds” By Amy Tan is a heartbreaking story, it’s a powerful example of conflicting personalities and needs that cause a struggle between parent and child. In every family, parents have, at one point, imposed their failures and expectations on their children and in worse cases have even tried to live through their children. At times, it can be in the best interest of the child to have a parent motivate them in a specific direction, but as in this story it can sometimes backfire, and the child...

    Amy Tan, Girl, Mother 2552  Words | 6  Pages

  • Amy Tan Richard Rodgriguez

    immigrants most likely feel uneasy having to adapt to a completely new culture and learn the English language. During this journey, the individuals’ cultural identities might fade away as well as losing their efficient fluency on their native language. In Amy Tan’s, “Mother Tongue” and Richard Rodriguez “Aria: A Memoir of A Bilingual Childhood”, both authors experience the difficulties of language barrier and adjusting to a different lifestyle in order to develop as an individual in the United States. ...

    Cultural identity, Dialect, English language 968  Words | 3  Pages

  • Amy Tan Richard Rodgriguez

    immigrants most likely feel uneasy having to adapt to a completely new culture and learn the English language. During this journey, the individuals’ cultural identities might fade away as well as losing their efficient fluency on their native language. In Amy Tan’s, “Mother Tongue” and Richard Rodriguez “Aria: A Memoir of A Bilingual Childhood”, both authors experience the difficulties of language barrier and adjusting to a different lifestyle in order to develop as an individual in the United States. ...

    Cultural identity, Dialect, English language 968  Words | 3  Pages

  • Mother Tongue by Amy Tan

    Mother Tongue, by Amy Tan I am not a scholar of English or literature. I cannot give you much more than personal opinions on the English language and its variations in this country or others. I am a writer. And by that definition, I am someone who has always loved language. I am fascinated by language in daily life. I spend a great deal of my time thinking about the power of language -- the way it can evoke an emotion, a visual image, a complex idea, or a simple truth. Language is the...

    British Isles, Commonwealth of Nations, England 2566  Words | 7  Pages

  • Amy Tan

    "Tan, Amy.(Narrative biography)." Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature. Merriam-Webster, Inc., 1995. NA. Academic OneFile. Gale. CCLA, Pensacola Junior College. 7 Dec. 2007 <http://find.galegroup.com/>. Amy was born in Oakland California in1952 to a Chinese-born Baptist minister and an upper-class Shanghai family member. Tan did not have the easist chilhood she suffered through the loss of both her father and her sixteen-year-old brother to brain tumors, and later she was told that...

    1967, 1968, 1983 616  Words | 2  Pages

  • Amy Tan: Connection Between Women Within Family

    American writer Amy Tan (1952- ) shows connections between women within a family throughout her novels The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Joy Luck Club, and The Hundred Secret Senses. Tan illustrates the kind of relationship the women share, how their opinions on life differ, and how they resolve their differences. Ms. Tan uses her own experiences with life and her family to inspire her fictional stories. In Amy Tan’s novel The Bonesetter’s Daughter, the main female characters are Ruth and Lu Ling...

    Amy Tan, China, Chinese language 1025  Words | 3  Pages

  • Two Kinds Paper Amy Tan

    Josh A. Robertson Prof. Villarreal 1302 4/8/13 Paper 3 “Two Kinds” Amy Tan In Amy Tan’s short story “Two Kinds” Jing-Mei, the story’s main character, takes a stand against her mother. The story opens as she describes her childhood, which was full of pain and resentment caused by never becoming the “prodigy” that her mother desperately wanted her to be. Despite her best intentions, Jing-Mei always fell short of her mother’s expectations and one night, she made a pact to herself that she would...

    Amy Tan, Childhood, Fiction 912  Words | 3  Pages

  • Compare and Contrast: Amy Tan and Richard Rodriguez

    Compare and Contrast: Amy Tan and Richard Rodriguez ! The United States is a melting pot, made up of people from many different cultures and backgrounds. With no national official language, it allows immigrants to stick to their roots and embrace their heritage. For Richard Rodriguez, he grew up with Spanish strictly spoken in his household. This made him feel safe in his private life, which discouraged him from learning English. Richard felt most comfortable speaking Spanish at school and...

    Dialect, English language, European Union 1352  Words | 5  Pages

  • Amy Tan Two Kinds Paper

    The Differences between American and Chinese Society In the story Two Kinds by Amy Tan, Jing Mei, a Chinese American girl struggles with her identity and learning how to balance her mother’s wants with her needs. Jing- Mei’s mother feels that obedience to her should come first and following her own aspirations should not be a consideration. With the pressures of pleasing her mother and still discovering one’s shelf, Jing-Mei searches for balance but finds conflict, confusion, and disdain. In...

    China, Chinese American, Culture of China 1411  Words | 4  Pages

  • Amy Tan, "A Pair of Tickets"

    A Pair of Tickets Amy Tan Amy Tan’s A Pair Of Tickets is a story concerning family and roots. June May, like the author herself, was a Chinese born in USA and grew up with an American background culture, whereas her mother grew up in China and then immigrated to America. Looking at the repeated words, we discussed that one there are many words such as mother, sister, father and Aiyi. Most of the characters in this story belong to one family, June May’s family. It suggests to us that the...

    China, Chinese name, Chinese nationalism 1162  Words | 3  Pages

  • eassay on Amy Tan and Martin Luther King

    Equality in Martin Luther King and Amy Tan Martin Luther king and Amy Tan have both succeed in gaining “equality” for everyone. You may ask how did Martin Luther King and Amy Tan earned equality for all. Will I can tell you that both of them were brave to speak up against what they feel was wrong. They both wanted respect for all people of any race,...

    Civil disobedience, England, English language 1227  Words | 4  Pages

  • Fish Cheeks

    food. Robert and his family waited patiently for platters to be passed to them. My relatives murmured with pleasure when my mother brought out the whole steamed fish. Robert grimaced. Then my father poked his chopsticks just below the fish eye and plucked out the soft meat. "Amy, your favorite," he said, offering me the tender fish cheek. I wanted to disappear. At the end of the meal my father leaned back and belched loudly, thanking my mother for her fine cooking. "It's a polite...

    Chinese cuisine, Christmas, Christmas Eve 506  Words | 2  Pages

  • Amy Tan

    portfolio are my interview, and my second essay. Overall the two help me throughout my essay because I improved on my writing along the way. The one author that I feel that I get attached to be Amy Tan. I connected to Tan when she talks about the “Mother Tongue” I can relate that to my own experienced. Tan writing about the Mother Tongue, language seem to make me think about my own language and how it’s important to recognized it and keep the memory of the language spoken often. The experienced...

    Amy Tan, Cognition, English-language films 702  Words | 2  Pages

  • Malcom X and Amy Tan

    Announcements Syllabus and Course Schedule Instructor Bio Unit 1 Unit 2 Reading Blogs My Grades Tools Course Evaluation Email My Class Student Help Reading Blog #2: Malcolm X and Tan Actions for Content Page Create Blog Entry View Drafts Content Blog Instructions Please answer the following questions as thoroughly as possible. While these entries are due Wednesday September...

    African American, African American history, African diaspora 761  Words | 4  Pages

  • Amy Tan

    English III AP/ Period 5 9/15/13 “Mother’s Tongue” by Amy Tan 1. Amy uses emotional appeals throughout her essay as she does in her first couple paragraphs. Amy says “I am a writer” to show that she simply loves to write down her mind and that is it. 2. Tan’s argument is simply referring to the somewhat embarrassment she has when people notice her mother’s broken English. As she goes on it begins to bother her to a point where she feels sympathetic for her mother. As she feels this, she...

    Amy Lee, Amy Tan, Embarrassment 462  Words | 2  Pages

  • amy tan

    with less respect because of the way they talk or pronounce a certain language. In the article "Mother Tongue," Amy Tan describes her relationship with her mother, who speaks "broken" English that essentially, isn’t broken at all. She shares her stories about the struggles of growing up with a mother who spoke imperfect English and the prejudice she received in turn for it. However, Tan didn’t let her mother’s “limited” English bring her down; instead she used it in her own personal narratives to...

    Amy Lee, Amy Tan, English Canadian 703  Words | 4  Pages

  • Style Analysis of Amy Tan in "The Joy Luck Club"

    Raymond Chandler, a fiction writer, once said, "The most durable thing in writing is style." True, the style is often defined as one of the most important elements in writing. In Amy Tan's novel, "The Joy Luck Club", the style significantly contributes to the development of both the tone and the theme of the influences that a mother can have on her daughter. The author effectively portrays the somber tone and the theme by using a concise style of diction, images, details, language, sentence structure...

    Amy Tan, Chinese language, Fiction 1601  Words | 5  Pages

  • amy tan

    stereotyped because of the way they speak. After reading “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan, I realized that many people are judged not only by their looks, but also the way they communicate. I found that I could relate to the article because as an African American adolescent I am often judged by the way I speak. My environment had a big impact on my launguage. Although English is not my second language, I feel that “proper” English is. From Amy Tan’s essay and my own life experience, I believe that too many people...

    African American, African American Vernacular English, Baltimore 527  Words | 2  Pages

  • Compare and Contrast Essay

     Compare and Contrast: “Fish Cheeks” and “Caged Bird” Rachael Becker Assignment 5 Nicole Yurchak 1/30/2014 The differences between a narrative and a descriptive essay determine the way in which the reader receives the story. The purpose of each is still very clear, to connect to the reader using story telling. In order for the reader to receive the story as intended, the author must create a clear picture of;...

    Amy Tan, Bird, Finite difference 866  Words | 3  Pages

  • Language: Helen Keller, Frederick Douglass , Amy Tan

    granted, something we learn when we are so little that we can’t even remember how, something that for all of us was always part of our lives. Helen Keller with her need of language to give sense to life, Frederick Douglass with his ways of learning and Amy Tan with the importance of the “Mother Tongue” language, convey to us a totally different view of how language changes, develops and gives meaning to our lives. For Helen Keller, when she was around seven years old, language was a mystery. In a selection...

    Emotion, English people, Intelligence 1643  Words | 4  Pages

  • Fish

    assume, fishes are extraordinarily diverse and their watery habitats provide a vast array of places in which to live and thrive. Fish species range in size from the smallest known living vertebrate, Trimmatom nanus, a goby, which is mature at a mere 8 millimeters, to the giant whale shark, Rhincodon typus, which can grow as large as 12 meters. There are species of fish living at 5,200 meters above sea level in Tibetan hot springs and fishes that live in a depth of eight thousand meters below the...

    Actinopterygii, Coral, Coral reef 1149  Words | 3  Pages

  • Reading report: Two Kinds by Amy Tan

    Reading report: Two Kinds by Amy Tan A summary of the passage Two kinds, one of the short stories in The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, first published in 1989, vividly displays a bittersweet relationship between Jing-mei, the narrator and protagonist, and her mother Mrs. Woo, and explores conflicts between a Chinese mother and her disobedient Americanized daughter. The story happened in the Chinatown in San Francisco throughout the 1950s and maybe the early 1960s. It begins with Jing-mei and her...

    Fiction, First person, First-person narrative 1347  Words | 4  Pages

  • A Literary Analysis of Two Kinds by Amy Tan

    Mei’s mother believed that you could be anything you wanted to be in America. (p 405) America is where all Jing Mei’s mothers hope lay. She had come to America in 1949 after losing everything in china. The main character of the story is Jing Mei (Amy Tan) who is also the protagonist in the story. Her mother is the antagonist, who is always urging Jing Mei to try new things and discover new talents. Jing Mei feels as if her mother wants her to be something she is not. Other characters in the story...

    1990s music groups, Amy Tan, Debut albums 991  Words | 3  Pages

  • Fish

    FISH PRODUCTION SL TYPE II Aim: This task considers commercial fishing in a particular country in two different environments – the sea and fish farms (aquaculture). The data is taken from the UN Statistics Division Common Database. The following table gives the total mass of fish caught in the sea, in thousands of tonnes (1 tonne = 1000 kilograms). Year 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 Total Mass 426.8 470.2 503.4 557.3 564.7 575.4 579.8 624.7 669.9 Year 1989 ...

    1907, 1908, 1911 403  Words | 4  Pages

  • amy tan mother tongue

    Oct 3, 2014 Rachelle Worrell In Amy Tans "Mother Tongue" the emphasizes on american english, views on Amy's mothers "Broken English". When speaking from amy's mother tongue she rights using all sorts of different grammatical. When she is addressing an American professional Amy's english is very proper. Amy views her mothers "broken english as normal. Amy knows her mother is not a dumb lady by any means she understands things like the stock market. Amy is frustrate by how society looks down on her...

    Education, Education in the United States, English American 327  Words | 2  Pages

  • Mother Tongue by Amy Tan

    only be a mere reflection of skill without its own story, as Amy Tan once said "The goal of every serious writer of literature is to try to find your voice and your art because it comes from your own experiences, your own pain." Amy Tan herself writes all of her work with her mother in mind as the reader, her inspiration. She writes to show the beautiful and passionate side of her mother that people can't see. In "Mother Tongue," Amy Tan describes how all of the Englishes that she grew up with, normal...

    American literature, American writers, English language 636  Words | 2  Pages

  • The Contribution of Physical and Social Settings in “Rules of the Game” by Amy Tan

    Social settings in “Rules of the Game” by Amy Tan The physical and social settings of “Rules of the Game” create an atmosphere which helps to bring out the true essence of the story [The rest of the paper continues from here] Arora 2 Assignment 2 “Rules of the Game” written by Amy Tan is a short story that focuses on the conflict in identity that Chinese Americans...

    Board game, Chess, China 819  Words | 3  Pages

  • amy tans essay

    The article “My Mother’s English” by Amy Tan is mainly about the author’s thoughts and judgments on her mother broken English in comparison to “Standard English”. Tan is a fictional writer who is “fascinated by language in daily life” (Tan 1) and uses language as everyday part of her work as a writer. Tan’s point in this article is to prove that even if her mother is speaking English! Others should not use that to judge your intelligence. Tan’s mother did not speak perfect English, but the points...

    British Isles, Dialect, England 711  Words | 2  Pages

  • Amy Tan, Two Kinds

    Composition &amp; Literature | Amy Tan | Professor Blum | JAEL VARGAS 12/17/2012 | This story's main events take place in Chinatown throughout the 1950s and perhaps early 1960s. The main character of the story, who is also the protagonist, is the author herself: Amy Tan. The antagonist happens to be her own mother, who is always pushing Amy to discover some hidden talent and be someone she is not. There are a few other minor characters in the story. There is Lindo Jong (who she calls...

    Amy Tan, Antagonist, Character 459  Words | 2  Pages

  • Amy Tan essay

    Amy Tan’s Mother Tongue Throughout the passage of “Mother Tongue,” the author Amy Tan uses strategies in a way to have the reader influenced by the point she is trying to prove. And in this case she is explaining the idea of language in the Asian-American community. She is speaking through multiple perspectives in her own life to show how society is not very understanding to people who are native speakers or can not speak as fluently, in a way that people view their English speaking in different...

    Amy Tan, Asian American, Commonwealth of Nations 699  Words | 2  Pages

  • Synthesis essay on Mother Tongue by Amy Tan and Censoring Myself by Betty Shamieh

    need to compromise the way in which we communicate our ideas so that we can appeal to the views of the majority. Two authors explore how their attempt to compromise almost caused them to become detached from their roots. In "Mother Tongue," by Amy Tan, Tan talks about growing up as a young child in America and learning the English language. She speaks about growing up as a writer and her mother's imperfect diction which had a major influence on her. On the other hand, In her essay, "Censoring Myself...

    Censorship, English language, Second language 1609  Words | 5  Pages

  • Amy Tan Style Analysis

    Bridging the Gaps In Amy Tan’s novel of conflicting cultures, The Joy Luck Club, the narrators contemplate their inability to relate from one culture to another. The novel is narrated by and follows the connected stories about conflicts between Chinese immigrant mothers and their American-raised daughters. Jing-mei, one of the daughters, has taken her mother’s place in a weekly gathering her mother had organized called the Joy Luck Club, in which four women would gather to gamble together to help...

    Amy Tan, Chinese language, Family 821  Words | 2  Pages

  • Amy Tan Summary Essay

    AlhaddadA Essay Submitted by AL HADDAD, AHMED MOHAMED (AL HADDAD) on 9/10/2010 6:14:16 PM Amy Tan is a daughter of a Chinese emigrant, who had a dream of going to America, to escape poverty and provide a better quality of life and education for her daughter. This dream is accomplished, providing her daughter with the right tools to become a successful writer, and she then goes and discusses her relation with her roots and heritage, through the language she is speaking now, English. She mentions...

    Amy Tan, Cognition, Life 581  Words | 2  Pages

  • Amy tan reading response

    Amy Tan writes, in this essay, about the language that she and her mother used in their family while Tan was growing up. She makes a great effort to explain that their language, English, was never "broken" or "simple" as most people would say about it. Although she could speak perfect English, her mother could not. But, she grew up with her mother's English way of speaking, and therefore learned to consider it as a natural language. She is trying to make a point here by saying that there...

    Dialect, England, English language 556  Words | 2  Pages

  • Mother Tongue by Amy Tan

    Summary In the essay Mother Tongue, Amy Tan talked about her love and fascination of language, and how language can evoke an emotion, a visual image, and how it’s a tool she uses everyday in writing. She then goes into how she is aware of the different ways she uses the English language, she was in a middle of a speech, talking very precise about her book to a group of people using her knowledge of correct grammar that she has learned throughout school, and books, until she spotted her mother, and...

    English language, United Kingdom, Writing 861  Words | 2  Pages

  • Mother Tongue , Amy Tan

    After reading the strongly written “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan, it shows a great deal of strength from the Asian American culture. Throughout the reading it showed how hard it was and still is for Asian Americans to work through the difficulties of the English language. The essay talked first about the different languages of English that this young lady learned and used through her life. The second part was about the difficulties that she had through school because English wasn’t here strongest subject...

    Asian American, English language, First language 534  Words | 2  Pages

  • Amy Tan Term Paper

    Luck Club Amy Tan A major part of the novel of Amy Tan's novels has been devoted to the reflection of the role of ethnicity in the life and choices of the narrator. Tan tries to force her characters to face the question and make decision that take the Chinese and American heritages into account. More specifically, the author, who hands the novel over to the narrator, centers on the drama of ethnicity and identity the various characters meet on occasion. In addition, in her novels, Amy Tan has tried...

    Amy Tan, China, Chinese calendar 3839  Words | 10  Pages

  • Sexism in the Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan

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