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 be the struggles that every child and parent goes through as they come into age. As the story advances, Tan's journey of struggle through the relationship with her overbearing mother is unraveled. A sense of emotional growth and mutual respect can be noted between Tan and her mother as the story moves on. A strong examination of "Two Kinds" defends this theory. "Two Kinds" takes place in San Francisco during the 1950's when a large immigration movement was taking place. Tan begins the story by taking the role of the innocent child that all readers can relate with. You can see a mental picture of Tan's mother poking and repeating the Chinese words "Ni-Kan, You Watch!" We immediately feel attached and sorry for Tan, being the daughter of an unruly mother. Tan wrote what many of us felt growing up with overbearing parents who expected the world out of us, when we just wanted to go outside and play with the other kids. In a sense we were mentally attached with Tan as she is compared to child actors who she cannot possible compete with. Tan feels as though her mother doesn't take her own opinions and worries to heart, rather she feels her mother is only concerned about Tan becoming famous so that her mother will be better off. These strong emotions that we feel from Tan also spark something inside most readers to immediately jump on the side of Tan rather than see past these disguised attempts of motivation. Later on in "Two Kinds" Tan's mother comments on her rugged hair,
English III AP/ Period 5
“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….
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After reading the strongly “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tran, 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. In her essay Amy Tan writes about the problems immigrant families have with speaking English, by reflecting on her own experience. While reading Mother Tongue, I remembered the difficulties I faced when I….
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….
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….
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 mother’s….
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….
language. From Amy tan’s “Mother tongue” it is evident that language has an effect on our lives. “Mother tongue” by Amy tan tell us how the writer can develop her English well even though she lives in the middle of family who speak broken English. All of it starts from her desired and her motivation to learn, make all of things around her become something that can be learned and take a positive side of it. In her essay she described a lot of problem she had faced to learn English. Tan and her mother….
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’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….
Snapshot: Lost Lives Of Women By: Amy Tan
1a)b) Three phrases that indicate the status of women in china in 1922 would be; "Jingmei, my own grandmother, She was the widow of a poor scholar, a man who had the misfortune of dying from influenza when he was about to be appointed a vice magistrate. In 1924 or so, a rich man forced her into becoming one of his concubines. My grandmother, now an outcast, took her young daughter to live with her on an island outside of Shanghai. She left her son behind….