Bridging the Gap Essay

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Bridging the Gap Although Doctor Hata is viewed as a man of honesty, wisdom, and respect in Bedley Run, he lacks the compassion and warmth of a typical father figure. Doc Hata thinks he has done everything in his power to give his daughter a good life so that she can grow up to be a polite, mature, and independent woman. Throughout Sunny’s transformation into a young lady, Hata treats his daughter as if she is already an adult, making sure she is obedient and respectful to everyone. “Yes, poppa,” would be something Sunny have been taught to say to acknowledge her father. Yet, Doc Hata raises his adopted child as a task or a mission, guided by specific principles and rules, instead of a father raising his little girl with love and passion. Everything Hata does, from making sure Sunny goes to a good school to guiding her to play the piano daily, is because he believes that these actions will logically make Sunny into a great, respectable person. Even though Sunny have never shown any sign of contentment or happiness as she grows up in Bedley Run, I am not quite sure if Hata have noticed or is ignoring the signs. Clearly the biggest problem in their father-daughter relationship is the inability to express and connect to each other in an understanding way. Communication is limited and almost nonexistent in the house because Sunny has been taught to be silent and to not complain; Hata, too, perhaps because of his untold story of time in war and life as a Japanese, only knows to be passive and agreeable yet lacks the ability to connect affectionately with anyone, whether it is Sunny or Mary Burns. As I buried my face in the pages of A Gesture Life by Chang-Rae Lee, I was intrigued by many different choices made by the main character Franklin Hata, from the way he constantly revisits the medicine store, although unwelcomed, to how he talks to Mary Burns. Yet what

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