Fish Cheeks By Amy Tan Essay

1147 Words Mar 25th, 2016 5 Pages
Many people consider family to be a very important and significant part of their lives. Our modern and mobile world makes it hard to maintain close family relationships. With practice and effort, we can not only maintain but build quite strong family relationships.The first chapter in the textbook Interface English, by John Green, forces the reader to come to a conclusion: Do family ties tangle or strengthen?” (5). Although, many people do believe family ties tangle, they really do not. Through several pieces of text, the reader is forced to close that family ties do strengthen indeed. They strengthen by long distance traditions, connecting with children and the advice of elders. Family ties strengthen if long distance traditions are kept ongoing. To begin with, a family should not forget to celebrate and spend time together even if there are better or more exciting things to be a part of. In “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan, a chinese family has a huge get together for a Christmas dinner. In this memoir, Amy writes:
And even though I didn’t agree with her then, I knew that she understood how much I had suffered during the evening’s dinner. It wasn’t until many years later- long after I had gotten over my crush on Robert that I was able to fully appreciate her lesson and the true purpose behind our particular menu. (15)
This reveals how sometimes the new generation finds traditions and family get togethers a waste of time or embarrassing. They do not realize the importance of it…

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