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  • Amy Tan - 702 Words
    What are going to be in the 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...
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  • Amy Tan - 1053 Words
    Jesus Lozano Dr. Cho English 101-02 March 25, 2014 Two Kinds Many children often find themselves being told what their life should be due to parent’s ignorance and incomprehension of whose decision counts most. There are often parents who try to impose their childhood dreams on their children because the mother or father sees himself or herself in the child. Numerous accidents have occurred when it comes to the parents providing a lack of support within the family. In the story, Two Kinds...
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  • Amy Tan - 616 Words
    "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 . 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...
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  • Amy Tan - 462 Words
    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,...
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  • Amy Tan - 699 Words
    Have you ever been utterly 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...
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  • amy tan - 703 Words
    Zoey Harrison Professor Wood English 1301 24 September 2014 Language Barriers and Prejudice Being judged based on surface level qualities can make anyone feel unwelcomed and looked down upon. Someone might even be treated 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...
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  • Two Kinds by Amy Tan
    Two Kinds by Amy Tan A: Synopsis This short story, ‘Two Kinds’ is more focused on the relationships between mother and daughter. The narrator of this story, Jing Mei recalls of the days when her mother wanted her to be a prodigy in America. Her mother moved to San Francisco when she lost everything in China. At first, she thought that her daughter would be like Shirley Temple as they watched how talented Shirley Temple was in acting. And one day when the narrator’s mother saw a young Chinese...
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  • Amy Tan essay - 699 Words
    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...
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  • Amy Tan, Two Kinds
    Composition & 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • Amy Tan Essay 5
    Max Dayley Mr. McHenry English 12 9/29/06 Amy Tan The Author of the book The Joy Luck Club is written by American author Amy Tan. Born in China on February 19, 1952 in Oakland, California to her parents John and Daisy. She was a part of the first generation of Asian Americans. Along with The Joy Luck Club she also wrote, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and The Bonesetter's Daughter. The latest book written by Amy Tan is Saving Fish From Drowning. She also has written two...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • Two kinds by amy tan
    Not My Dream In the story "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan, we are shown the struggles of a young girl Jing-Mei. Her struggle is that of a young girl growing up and trying to find her own sense of identity. Her troubles are compounded by her mother, who convinces her that she can become someone important. Because of her mother's constant overbearing behavior, Jing-Mei does everything she can to annoy and displease her mother even to the point of being a failure. This fight to find her own identity against...
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  • Amy Tan: The Joy Luck Club
    The novel, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan takes place in a couple of different places. All of Suyuan Woo’s childhood memories take place in China. After coming to America the setting takes place in San Francisco California in 1949. Also there are few different time frames. The time frames consist of the 1920’s to 1980’s. I have to give this timeframes because of the flashbacks that are given in the book. The characters that I believed are most fully developed are Jing-ming “June” Woo, Suyuan Woo,...
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  • Two Kinds Amy Tan outline
    Thesis: In Two Kinds, Amy Tan uses defiant americanized Jing-Mei and her native mother’s expectation of obedience to depict the clash of the cultures and its effect on the relationship between the two. I. Jing-Mei is overpowered by her hopeful and ambitious mother who believes that anything is possible and is willing to take any measures to achieve it: however her ambitious nature weighs heavy on Jing Mei and places strains on their relationship. a. “My mother believed you could be...
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  • 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...
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  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
    The Joy Luck Club’ is a touching, inspiring, and artfully crafted story of four mother-daughter relationships that endure not only a generation gap, but the more unbridgeable gap between Chinese and American cultures. Amy Tan represented herself as Jing-Mei Woo in the novel. Her parents are both Chinese immigrants who raised her as a American. In her early teens, she learned that her mother had been married before in China. Just like Suyuan, Amy’s mother fled China, leaving behind her...
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  • Amy Tan - Two Kinds Conflict Analysis
    Analysis: The short story, "Two Kinds,"� displays the relationship between a Chinese mother and a disobedient Americanized daughter. Jing-mei, a second-generation Chinese daughter, deals with her own internal conflict as well as an external conflict with her mother. The internal effort to find her true self is a lesson Jing-mei will have to discover, as she gets older. Being born of Chinese heritage, Jing-mei struggles with the burden of failing to meet her mother's expectations. She was never...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • A Literary Analysis of Two Kinds by Amy Tan
    THEME The title of this short story “Two Kinds” is describes the theme of this story. The mother had stated that there are only two types of daughters. “Those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind.” (pg 412) Jing Mei did not understand the truth or meaning behind that declaration until after her mothers death. Jing Mei realized that her mother only meant that she could be an obedient child by listening to her mother while at the same time follow her own heart and want her own...
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  • Communication Barriers within The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
    In the novel The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, the mothers and daughters share relationships that are complex and unique. Besides being family, the women share hopes, fears and a culture that extends deep for some and not far for others. On the surface, a group that seemingly has so much in common is surprisingly lacking in understanding for the other generation. The communication between the characters is not always clear, mixed up by language and generational barriers as well as the "Americanized"...
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  • Amy Tann - 347 Words
     Spectacular Jing-mei The girl Jing-mei in “Two Kinds” is brave and independent. She has miserable childhood because she has a pushy mother who always tries to force her into being a prodigy. However, Jing-mei doesn’t obey as other Chinese kids. She awakens her inner part and follows it to be what she really is. This is the reason why we treat Jing-mei sympathetically and both respectfully. When she was a litter girl, Jing-mei’s mother gave het various...
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  • Amy Tan's "Two Kinds".
    In Amy Tan's short story "Two Kinds" we see the strained relationship between a Chinese immigrant mother and a first-generation American daughter. Throughout the text, Jing-mei's mother continually pushes her to become a prodigy. She is so obsessive of her daughter's excellence, that she does not see the emotional damage she creates. Jing-mei reacts negatively to the pressure. She becomes indifferent, angry, excited and hopeful; her emotions fluctuate, because she is in a perpetual struggle...
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  • A Summary of Amy Tan's Two Kinds
    A Summary of Amy Tan's "Two Kinds" The narrator of "Two Kinds" is a Chinese American Girl who is in a constant struggle with her mother over her identity. The struggle begins when the family moves to America after losing everything in China. The mother and child watch Shirley Temple movies and read stories in magazines about remarkable children, in attempts to try and imagine the child as a prodigy. They even have the child's hair cut to make her look like the star. The mother's...
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  • A Summary of Amy Tan's "Two Kinds."
    Amy Tan's "Two Kinds" is a story of a daughter coming to grips with her childhood. Ni-Kan, the child in the story, is pressured by her mother to excel in some sort of talent so she can flaunt her daughter to other mothers. Ni-Kan's mother has her copy others to find a talent but fails in every attempt. While watching television one night, Ni-Kan's mother sees a boy playing the piano and decides this will be the perfect talent for Ni-Kan. She is forced by her mother to learn to play from an old...
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  • Read and Respond to: Amy Tan's Mother Tongue
    J.G Ms. D English 301 10/2/13 Mother Approved Amy Tan is a passionate writer of books such as “The Joy Luck Club” and other published works. Now that we have read her text read her text “Mother Tongue”, we learn new things about her as a writer. In my first response to Amy Tan’s passage I described her as a self-motivated author as I read what motivated her to write. She introduced readers to her mother, a woman who enjoys reading Forbes and listening to the Wall Street Journal talks....
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  • Metamorphosis in Amy Tan’s Story, “Two Kinds”
    Metamorphosis in Amy Tan’s Story, “Two Kinds” The excerpt from “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan describes the conflict between a mother and her rebellious daughter. The psychological effect of the struggle between personal freedom and the persistence of her mother’s will is shown as the protagonist and narrator, Jing-mei, recollects her upbringing. The transformation of her personality, under these circumstances, remains present throughout her life. Amy Tan uses a variety of narrative techniques to...
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  • A Mother/Daughter Conflict in Amy Tan's "Two Kinds" and "Best Quality".
    Amy Tan's "Two Kinds" and "Best Quality" depict a struggling and often stressful relationship between a defiant daughter and an overbearing mother. June Mei and her mother Suyuan engage in a destructive battle between what is possible and what is realistic. June, although headstrong, seeks her mother's approval and adoration. Suyuan, although patronizing, yearns for her daughter's obedience and best qualities. The relationship between mother and daughter falls victim to tension inherent in any...
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  • Amy Tan's Two Kinds: Coming-of-Age and Cultural Differences
    In "Two Kinds," Amy Tan writes a coming of age story about a young girl in San Francisco and the cultural differences she has with her Chinese mother. The result is conflict between the two from the girl's inability to live up to her mother's expectations. The mother left China after losing everything and sees America the place where you can have it all. She attempts to make her daughter into a prodigy against her daughter's will. After years of clashing the daughter disappoints her mother...
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  • "Motifs of Amy Tan's 'The Joy Luck Club'" is about the motifs and themes in section 1 of Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club." It deals with motifs such as the color red, the five elements, and promises.
    In the first section of The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, there are many motifs threaded throughout each of the four stories. One of which is the color red. The color red is very symbolic towards early Chinese culture and tradition. In the chapter, The Red Candle, the author explains everything in detail. She explains about the red columns in front of the house for decoration, the red dragons, the red wedding dress with the red wedding veil, the red banners, the red palanquin, and finally the red...
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  • Deanna Holmes - 615 Words
    ENGL 1301 King Word count: 637 Fish Cheeks The passage “Fish Cheeks” written by Amy Tan is a short based on Amy Tan’s personal experience as a typical Asian girl growing up in an American culture. Amy’s only wishes that her and her family were more American so that she could fit the modern American world. She has a huge crush on a boy named Robert, who is the minister’s son and she gets terrified when she finds out Roberts family gets invited her to a traditional Chinese Christmas Eve...
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  • mother tongue - 317 Words
    Summary of “Mother Tongue” In the book, “Mother Tongue”, Amy Tan asserts that language is a tool of communication. Tan herself speak two kinds of English, standard English and broken English. She realizes that she always speak in perfect English, the standard English, when she gives a speech, when she is giving a speech which her mother attends. However, when she talks to her mother, she changes her language into a limited English, broken English, without any transfer. This is because the...
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  • Contrast Pair Of Tickets and A Conversation With My Father
    G00443112 Prof. Isera Tyson Miller Enc 1101 12:00pm 02 June 2014 Introduction Paragraph Instructions: Effective hook,1 line plot summary of A Pair of Tickets ,Publication Dates, 1 line plot summary of A Conversation With My Father, and Thesis statement goes last. Paragraph #2 Article Quote(Characters and Author) “A Pair of Tickets” is much better than “A Conversation with My Father ” because of its superior setting. In the article titled “Daughter-text/Mother-text” Marina Heung...
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  • Literature - Fable and Short Story Comparison
    Aida Soto Eng 102 Prof. Dragan Essay #1, Revised Literature – Fable and Short Story Comparison A story is a story, but not all stories are told the same. While fables and short stories both have plots and characters, fables like “An Appointment in Samarra” by English novelist W. Somerset Maugham, often have a clearly stated or interpreted moral, while short stories like “A Pair of Tickets”, by Chinese-American author Amy Tan, tell a tale that leaves readers thinking. Fables are stories...
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  • Joy Luck - 3403 Words
    Fasting of the Heart: Mother-Tradition and Sacred Systems in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club "Concentrate your will. Hear not with your ears but with your mind ;not with your mind, but with your spirit . . . blank, passively responsive to externals. In such open receptivity only can Tao abide. And in that open receptivity is fasting of the heart." (Chuangtze, in Yutang, 228) "The Master said, 'Look at the means a man employs, observe the path he Joy Luck Club Is it fair to judge someone by their...
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  • Mother Tongue - 392 Words
    1. Summary- The speaker is Amy Tan she is a best-selling author and her popular novels The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, and many more. She represents mother-daughter relationships and her heritage. Amy realized that mother was in the room when she was talking about her writing to a group. It made difference on her because she never talked in forms of Standard English with her mom. Furthermore, she has noticed how different her English is with her mother and showed an example of how her...
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  • Relationships in Belonging - 796 Words
    ------------------------------------------------- “Relationships are fundamental to an understanding and acceptance of oneself” Discuss the importance of this notion of belonging with reference to your set text and one related text. “Relationships are fundamental to an understanding and acceptance of oneself” in relation to this statement through both texts Joy luck club by Amy Tan and For My Daughter by Judith Wright will explore the importance of this statement in relation to belonging....
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  • Suyuan Woo and Jing-mei (June) Woo: Like Mother Like Daughter
    Suyuan Woo and Jing-mei (June) Woo: Like Mother Like Daughter The Joy Luck Club encompasses the stories of four Chinese women leaving China, to live in a new world of people, language, and culture in America. The book written by Amy Tan features each woman’s story, her American born Chinese daughter’s life, and culture clashes between them. Also an American born Chinese, Amy Tan empathizes with the daughters and the mothers of her novel. Each mother tells her daughter her story of hardships and...
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  • Mother Tongue - 283 Words
    Amy Tan Mother Tongue: In the short story "Mother Tongue" by author Amy Tan, she speaks of her mother's English as "broken English" because her mother came from China and spoke as though she was unintelligent. Growing up Amy knew two languages. When she spoke to her mother she used elementary style words and spoke as though she did not know the language, while in front of fluent English speakers, she spoke eloquently with an impressive vocabulary. Amy becomes uncomfortable with the word...
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  • English Paper Joy Luck Club
    Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club: A Look at the Concept of Double-Life Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club is a narrative mosaic made up of the lives of four Chinese women and their Chinese American daughters. Because of its structure, the book can only loosely be called a novel. It is composed of sixteen stories and four vignettes, but like many novels, it has central characters who develop through the course of the plot. The daughters struggle with the complexities of modern life, including identity...
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  • Two Kinds 4 - 1732 Words
    Outline Thesis statement: the meaning of two kinds go far beyond the two kinds of daughters.It also represents two kinds of cultural hegenamy and cultural identity Introduction: 1. Author’s life 2. Author’s literary accomplishment 3. History background Body part: 1. The history the mother of mother:suyuan 2. The conflict between mother and daughter Conclusion:the cultural conflicts revealed in the story Two kinds Two kinds is one of the many tales of The Joy Luck which is written by...
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  • Two Kinds - 698 Words
    Two Kinds: The Search for Contentment In "Two Kinds," Amy Tan writes about the struggles between a futile daughter and her persistent mother. This excerpt from her novel, "The Joy Luck Club," explores several other important themes, such as the control over one's destiny, the freedom of decision-making, and the attempt to live the ‘American Dream.' However, the last paragraph in "Two Kinds" reflects the story's most important theme – the search for one self's true identity. The premise of this...
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  • Discuss how The Joy Luck Club deals with the generation gap between mothers and daughters.
    This is a story about four Chinese mothers and their four daughters which were born and brought up in America. It shows the mother/daughter relationship and their personal life. It is divided into four sections, the first and last are told by the three mothers and Jing - Mei Woo who's in charge of telling her mother's story after her recent death, and then the second and third sections are told by the four daughters (including Jing - Mei Woo). Each of the mothers have two episodes in the book,...
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  • Revision - 5418 Words
    Exemplar A: Excellence Research topic: What’s on Amy Tan’s Mind? Research questions: ▪ What issues stand out in Amy Tan's writing? ▪ How do the narrative techniques used highlight these issues? ▪ Why does Amy Tan highlight these issues? Research Notes: The Kitchen God’s Wife Author: Amy Tan. ISSUES Sense of self identity: ▪ Revelation of her mother's secret past brings the identity of who Pearl's biological father really is. ▪ To Pearl this news is...
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  • Journey to Self-Awareness (Araby & Two Kinds, Compare/Contrast)
    Tiffany Rayside September 27, 2012 Dr. Lynne DeCicco, Eng. 112 Journey to Self-Awareness The term, “coming of age” signifies a growth in a person’s identity. It is a confusing phase in which one is on the cusp of adulthood and will experience pivotal moments that will shape character and lead to some sort of self-realization. Such moments may result in a loss of innocence, the destruction of hopes and dreams, the sense of imprisonment, and perhaps lessons learned. Two literary works that...
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  • Revised HE Lingwan HW 3
    GE2115 LITERARY CRITIQUE 3 HE LINGWAN 52620468 ! What Are We Talking When We Talk About Kitchen ? ———Kitchen as a symbol in American history and regional culture This essay is going to discuss ‘kitchen’ and ‘fingers’ as two signs appearing in the three texts that are THAT EVENING SUN (south ,1931), TWO KINDS (west,1989) and SNOW (mid west,1998). Attributed to the change of kitchen's function in historical process and geographical features, the signified communicating mode within family...
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  • The Joy Luck Club -Acceptance
    Kia Rabbani Ms.K.Campbell ENG4U1-05 July 23st, 2013 A Change in Perspective Can Change One’s Life Oscar Wilde once said, “what seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise”. By getting through bitter trials, one is awarded with blessings that come in different forms and shapes. These trials can range from a wide variety of tasks such as learning to change one’s views or perspectives by becoming more accepting. With this change of perspective, one is awarded with the...
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  • Mother Tongue - 936 Words
    Jeffrey Michel Prof. Natalia Sucre ENG 1101 Tues, September 10, 2012 Essays #1: Rough Draft Language & Power in “Mother Tongue” A higher level of sophistication and articulation in one’s speech portrays one as a very well educated person. Such a person’s "language" makes them an admirable individual that can lead people and hold power with ease....
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  • Fish Cheeks - 916 Words
     “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...
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  • Joy Luck Club Study Notes
    ENGLISH STUDY NOTES – YEAR 12 BELONGING – JOY LUCK CLUB- DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Texts explore the many aspects of belonging; the individual may face various barriers, their attitudes towards belonging may shift through time. Texts often show the choice of choosing not to belong, to the barriers that prevent the individual from belonging.  HOW IS BELONGING CONVEYED THROUGH PEOPLE, RELATIONSHIPS, AND PLACES ETC?  HOW DOES THE COMPOSER USE LANGUAGE, MODE, STRUCTURE OR...
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  • Hoes - 605 Words
    Amy Tan From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Personal life Amy Tan was born in Oakland, California to Chinese immigrants John Tan, an electrical engineer and Baptist minister, and Daisy, who was forced to leave her three daughters from a previous marriage behind in Shanghai. This incident provided the basis for Tan's first novel, 1989 New York Times bestseller The Joy Luck Club. Amy is the middle child and only daughter among Daisy and John Tan's three children. In the late 1960s Amy's...
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  • Two Kinds: Mother-Daughter Relationships
    For a majority of children, mothers play an important part in who they are while growing up. Throughout all the experiences, whether it is help with homework, catching an illness, protection from the closet monsters, or just comfort, a child’s mother is there to love and nuture them. In “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, the main struggle is between Jeng-Mei, a young Chinese-American girl, and her mother, a Chinese immigrant, who tries to live her vision of the “American Dream” through Jeng-Mei, which...
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  • The Bonesetter's Daughter - 885 Words
     Book Review Culture, Lang, and Learners The Bonesetter’s Daughter: Amy Tan The Bonesetter's Daughter takes place in San Francisco, California and also in China in the 1920s. Amy Tan begins with “LuiLing” when she was young in China talking to Precious Auntie. She’s talking about the morning when her nanny Precious Auntie showed her a paper with a very important name. LuiLing can remember everything happened that day, except the name on the paper. The story then moves to San...
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  • Mother Tongue - 565 Words
    December 6, 2012 “Mother Tongue” In the short autobiography narrative “Mother Tongue” written by Amy Tan she discusses the reasons why she was passionate on becoming a writer. It is no surprise, that her vision in the work of fiction it is outstanding throughout her struggles with the English language as a Chinese young girl born in an immigrant family. She faced many obstacles of the culture of the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s. However, she never gave up on the dream of being a writer and...
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  • 2 Kinds - 1716 Words
    Two Kinds Summary - Amy Tan - Masterplots II: Short Story Series, Revised Edition 頁1/3 Welcome, Amy My Account My Profile Logout Search LITERATURE QUESTION & ANSWER Literature Study Guides DISCUSSION Literary Criticism DOCUMENTS Salem on Literature TEACHERS COLLEGE eTexts REFERENCE Lesson Plans Shakespeare at eNotes Get immediate homework help!We have live tutors standing by. FanStory.com Ads by Google Home > Two Kinds Summary & Study Guide...
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  • Eating Chinese Food Naked by Mei Ng
    The initial disappointment could start with the deceptive title - if your expectations bordered at oriental food-fetish erotica. Then, perhaps doubled if you had braced yourself for an Amy Tan experience (Ref: Joy Luck Club, etc). I take this opportunity to warn you against both expectations, but do give this book a chance if your unrefined literary tastes embark on occasional flirtations with lab rats - it appears to be an (experimental?) acquired taste. Our protagonist Ruby Lee finds...
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  • Chinese Men Are Bad
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  • Joy Luck Club Essay
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  • Conflicts Resolved in the Joy Luck Club
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