To Change Or Not To Change Essay

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To Change or Not to Change? What happens if I dress like everyone else in my own country with super short jeans and a T-shirt that’s tight like a XXS, and someone from the mainstream culture of America comes up to me and call me a Gay? Smile and sneak away? Not to Judith Ortiz Cofer, the author of “Don’t Call Me a Hot Tamale.” In Cofer’s article, she describes how she had been told to dress like a traditional Puerto Rican which “showing your skin was one way to keep cool as well as look sexy” (595) while under the fact that she was growing up in New Jersey, not Puerto Rico. Like all the rest of Puerto Rican girls, she grew up with all the stereotypes which see those girls like they are easy to get on. “A Hot Tamale” (595,) Cofer complains. Instead to replace her Puerto Rican style dress with t-shirts and skirts like a blond girl, Cofer stepped up and voiced out through the state in order to solve the problem which bothers her and others who has worse experiences than her. “I travel around the U.S. reading from my books of poetry and my novel…. I try to get my audiences past the particulars of my skin color, my accent or my clothes” (595,) Cofer explains. Fortunately, my homeland Taiwan doesn’t have anything that would send out a wrong signal of body language that may cause any stereotype. Even if they do, I don’t see why I wouldn’t change my own way of dressing to avoid troubles which may come after the cultural differences, since I’m the one live in a foreign country with millions of non-Taiwanese. To avoid the trouble which may come one by one like a subway, I definitely would go to Abercrombie&Fitch and decorate myself like I’m naturally born here. It’s the first step to skip the trouble of misunderstood with others. I don’t see any possibility to defeat the stereotypes if I don’t make them feel I’m actually not an alien right at the first moment. It’s okay to

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