Tanya wants to inspire those of her culture that can relate to what she is going through, while also asking for acceptance within the Latino community. Tanya was brought to the United States by her parents who were fluent in both languages. One parent was an artist and the other a psychology professor. Her parents only wanted what was best for her, so they only allowed them to read, write, and speak English. Tanya’s parents did this because they wanted her to fit into this, “red, white and blue world.”(pg 8) They wanted her to be able to speak the English language without a hint of the Spanish accent.
There are some people who only come here to succeed but not belong in the American family because they still have love for their country. Then there are some who desire more benefits through citizenships, and want to unite with the American body. Bharati and Mira stands people like me, immigrants! Mukherjee explicates the differences she has with Mira on immigration in the United States. Her perspective is that every immigrant should pursue their “oath of citizenship just like her “go all the way” on the other hand Mira “ is here to maintain an
In the film you catch how Ana and her mother believe in different roles that women should have and this is where most of the problems and differences come upon. One of the female roles that Ana strongly believes in is that she aspires to advance in life and attend college is something that is very important to her. On the other hand her mother Carmen opposes to college and moving from home is not an option for Ana unless is for marriage. In the eyes of Ana's mother, a college education is not the top priority and she is determined to make this clear to her daughter. With this said, there is a part in the film where Carmen is talking to her husband about the fact of Ana attending college and she tells him that there is no need for their daughter to attend college, that it’s a waste of time that she herself will teach and educate Ana with everything she needs to know so she finds herself a husband and gets married.
The story that she told about her life and the challenges she faced are still some of the struggles that she deals with today. Having college-educated parents, unlike the other Latinos, exposed Tayana to better schools where she received a better education. Being around majority Anglo Saxons, and being Spanish was a disadvantage because she was often excluded from consideration for better and higher paying positions. She was a minority, and at times she liked that because she was smart and stood out and refused to accept the stereotypes that were set for minorities. Tayana grew up traveling overseas.
“Two Kinds” by Amy Tan Many mother-daughter relationships include aspects of rebellion and acceptance, both of which occur at different times throughout their lives. This rebelliousness often comes during a time in a child’s life where they strive to discover who they are and what they want to do with their lives. In the short story, “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, the main character Jing Mei struggles with her mother as she strives to overcome her mother’s persistence on her becoming an entertainment prodigy. As a Chinese immigrant, Jing Mei’s mother has a completely different view of her daughter’s potential and ability, and she never seems to give up on the dream of her daughter being a great pianist. However, the conflict in this story arises in that Jing Mei herself does not believe in that same greatness, and instead protests against her mother’s insistence on practice and excellence.
Joy Luck and the Power of Positive Thinking One of the most important lessons in life to learn is that each person is responsible for his or her own happiness. Viktor Frankl wrote in Man’s Search for Meaning that meaning for one’s life can be found by the attitude a person takes toward unavoidable suffering (3-23). The Joy Luck Club demonstrates different attitudes by telling stories about four women who have Chinese immigrant mothers and the challenges that they all face. These challenges are universal, they are experienced the world over by countless people. The women in this book are all survivors; however they live with varying degrees of happiness.
Being born in China but living in America, she seems ashamed of her roots and that is why she is embarrassed when her mother speaks broken English (Tan 142-146). But, although she tries hard to be American speaking and writing good English, she realizes that she has deviated from her true self. She finally makes peace with her mother and she starts appreciating her “Mother Tongue”, which consequently affects her writing positively. This shows just how peoples’ native languages are important in their lives. Our “Mother Tongue” is what gives us identity; it defines who we are, and therefore, people should value their native languages.
Mary Rommley, grandmother of Francie, gives her mother, Katie, the advice to raise her children so they will have more opportunities. Mary’s optimism about this foreshadows Francie’s ability to get an education. Mary has faith in this dream because of Johnny and Katie’s ability to read a write. The successful characters in this book are the ones that have the vision of the American dream in their heads. The characters such as Johnny and Uncle Flittman, who do not survive, do not have this vision and just wander through their lives.
Decisions to assimilate teach newcomers how to behave in manners acceptable in the United States; however, rather than using the term assimilation, the better term is adaptation which, unlike assimilation, suggests finding equilibrium between retaining one’s past identity yet still accepting and submitting to new cultural values that are acceptable in the new country—those being English fluency and new traditions. While some proponents would argue that forcing assimilation into the United States denies freedom of expression, ultimately the government does not suppress values of different ethnic groups. Therefore, United States residents should be able to adopt new traditions more acceptable in this country while still having the choice to hold onto past traditions from their old world culture. Although the United States celebrates ethnic diversity, certain circumstances such as school, the workplace, and media require people to understand English. Granted, the nation has no official language, as English is only its de facto language (Shin and Bruno 1).However, as the 2000 U.S census bureau explains, “The ability to communicate with government and private service providers, schools,
Amy Tan struggled as a Chinese-American in California, where she grew up, because of the racial discrimination that was ever present. The fact that her parents were both immigrants made the racial discrimination of the Chinese in the 1950’s all the worse and further provoked her to write the story, “Two Kinds”. “Two Kinds” is a short story centered on a complex mother-daughter relationship, whose complexities take root in many important ideas concerning Chinese heritage and the expection of American excellence. With any mother daughter relationship, fighting will break out when expectations cannot be met. Many mothers want their daughters to strive to do the best they can under any circumstance.