Essay on Bone By Fae Myenne Ng 's Bone, A Family

1129 Words Oct 27th, 2016 5 Pages
Cities, towns, and, more generally, places, are living organisms. Similar to those living within and outside the city, this place interacts with other living beings, creating change and taking change. The symbiosis between the places and those within the place can be mutualistic or parasitic.
The early 1900s were characterized by millions of people flocking to America to live the so-called American Dream. However, once they migrated to the United States, it became a constant battle of cultures. In Fae Myenne Ng’s book Bone, a family originally from China lives in Chinatown, San Francisco. The characters have hopes and dreams, but the unforeseeable reality of the city and America as a whole make it impossible for them to reach their dream. Each character has their own problems, but they all stem from the conflict of Chinese culture to American culture. Each character has to choose where on the cultural scale between American and Chinese they want to live. The incorporation of Chinese symbols and phrases in the novel though it is an English novel help to convey the internal cultural conflict within each character.
Many Chinese immigrants come to America in hopes of a better life. This so-called “American Dream” was popularized in the 1930s as the idea that “social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable.” (Truslow 214-215) This broad definition can be applied to all people of all races. For Leon,…

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