“the Struggle to Be an All-American”

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Katie Tava July 25, 2012 “The Struggle to Be an All-American” Part 1: Summary In “The Struggle to Be an All-American Girl,” Elizabeth Wong writes about her transformation from being a Chinese girl in to an American girl, as she moved to the U.S. Wong went to a Chinese school at the same time she attended American school because Wong’s mother wanted her and her brother to maintain the Chinese language as part of their heritage. Wong became embarrassed by her Chinese culture while studying in America. She said Chinese was, “ quick, it was loud, it was unbeautiful…. Chinese sounded pedestrian” (98). The desire to become American had become her dream. When Wong was twelve, she was finally allowed to quit Chinese school. She did not care if she grew up remembering her Chinese culture. She just wanted to be an all-American girl. As an adult, Wong realizes that she had lost an opportunity to become a more complete Individual when she let go Chinese identity. 
 Part 2: Reaction In “The Struggle to Be an All-American Girl.” Wong talks about her cultural experience. It is sad that she denied her Chinese culture and missed the chance to have a mixed culture. She refused to accept her Chinese origins, which her family was intent on keeping. Chinese culture has a long history, and to inherit one’s culture is valuable; Wong should have cherished it. My family and I moved from Iran to America. Wong’s experience and mine are similar. I know how hard it is to grow up in a mixed culture. When we came to America, my brother was eight years old. But, we never forced my brother to go to a Persian school or to study the Farsi. We tried to show him the difference between the two countries the traditions of his origin as well as the traditions of his new home. We gave him the opportunity to choose what to keep and what to let slip away. Two years later, my brother chose

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