She also described her learning Chinese like the most boring thing in the word by using some words as: “kowtow”, “chant”, “sing-san-ho” and ideographs letters. When she became ten years old, Wong “had better things to learn”, she started to study American culture, learn science subjects and read American literature. Her regard that was better than Chinese culture. She considered Chinese was “source of embarrassment”, that sounds “pedestrian”, “chaotic” and “frenzied” and that’s the reason she tried to separate herself from the family members when she “nearby American super marker outside the Chinatown”. Moreover, her brother exasperated her Chinese learning by mocking it with a pidgin speech.
Talking about Mami, “I her mind, American things- appliances, mouthwash, funny looking upholstery- all seemed to have an intrinsic badness about them” (27). - ex: In Domincan culture,Woman lay out food, no one but kids thank them. (36). The Woman Warrior: Chinese culture, key in understanding Kingston’s struggles. Unlke Yunior, she did not grow up in another country.
After being teased mercilessly, Elsie concocted a plan to fool the adults. 'Elsie got tired of the joking and one night suggested to me that she would copy the dancing figures of fairies from one of my most precious possessions, my Princess Mary's Gift book... 'That will shake them!' she said. 'They'll have to stop making fun of us then.'' The next time that the two girls were teased by their parents, Elsie challenged her father, telling him that if he lent them his camera, a Midg quarter plate, the two girls would try to take a photograph of one of the fairies.
The metaphorical use of food in this film occurs frequently, suggesting significance. In Fried Green Tomatoes emotional relationships and underlying meanings and truths are revealed, not directly, but through the movie's metaphorical and symbolic use of food. Starting off, the first example I noticed from the movie was the use of food expressing emotional insight into the character of Evelyn. Her habitual candy bar consumption is a method she uses to coup with her failing marriage, insecurities of growing old, and general dissatisfaction with life. This next line comes from an online review written by Janet Maslin, titled “Fried Green Tomatoes”, found on the NYT website explaining “The film's overstatement is such that Evelyn has to appear in flowered frocks and stiff hairdos, nibbling candy bars and gazing longingly at her equally rotund husband, to establish the fact that she is unhappy.” This line re emphasizes how Evelyn’s eating habits suggest her current unhappy state.
Her young sister feels jealous and left out when she watches Phoebe get all the attention from both parents. Phoebe is soon taken out of the play by the principal due to her behavior in class; that makes her even more depressed. But with the help of her mom and drama teacher, she is put back into the play. Her odd behavior still continues and she cannot understand why it happens. After she jumps off the catwalk and hurts herself, Miss Dodger is fired.
One student tries to make a bet with Tommy for a dime on whether or not their teacher would be sick the next day. Tommy declines because of the sure signs of his teacher’s illness. Sure enough, Mr. Hibler is absent the next day and instead taking his place is the substitute Miss Ferenczi who is a wacky looking woman, according to Tommy’s description.
She was placed in a special class for students with learning disabilities (Walls 136-137). Her teacher then mocked her in front of her new class. The class laughed violently (Wells139). Both characters were bullied by peers and adults in and out of
Amy Tan explores the idea of variable language in her short essay Mother Tongue. Tan is the daughter of Chinese immigrants. She grows up watching her parents, especially her mother, struggle with learning the English language. While her mother does gain skill in speaking the English language, she never masters language in the sense that we expect of someone who lives in an English speaking country. As a child, Tan is embarrassed by her mother’s difficulty in language and eventually she sees growing up the child of an Asian immigrant home as the reason she struggled in school to excel in reading and writing.
Thin – Grace Bowman * “One day I wake up and someone tells me that I’m anorexic” (xi) * “Theories on anorexia nervosa pile on top one another; they do not make sense. They contradict and argue over causes and issues and blame” (xiv) * “Five: Grace goes to school. She is the first, ahead of the little brother. Gold stars, happy faces, ticked, well done!” (4) * “Ten… Sometimes in the proper school plays the teachers make her the understudy of the second lead… It makes her hurt and cry” (6) * “Eleven… How can she be popular?... Everything would be OK if they accepted her” (8) * “Eighteen… she has got glandular fever… She is not hungry and her throat is too sore to swallow so she can only eat half a piece of toast a day…
The tall blonde woman is wrong in stating the school isn’t raising rocket scientists because she makes a dangerous assumption, leads these kids to feel uncomfortable in their learning environment, and deprives the kids from being proud of who they are and wanting to learn. A teacher making their own decision to focus on art, specifically because they believe it is the only way for these children to succeed is wrong. Most children want to learn and feel like they can achieve anything they desire ranging from a doctor to a pilot. They are hungry to learn and as Nilsa tells stories of animals she states that the kids, “Listened, some with mouths open, as if they were being fed” (Mariano 553). As shown, all these kids want is to learn, learn more of their culture, more of the academics, more of history.