How Did The Author's Education Reflect Her Being Torn Between Two Cultures: Book Analysis
Her father, young and naive, would soon learn that the land of opportunities, was hard and racist. He would find himself working many different type of jobs, to include: laying ties for the railroad, field work in eastern Washington, working on ships as a cook, and laboring in a drycleaner. In time, they would run a hotel in Seattle, where they would reside as a family.
2) How did the author 's education reflect her being torn between two cultures?
Being born in the United States and being forced to assimilate into two different world, the young child (the author) became confused and resentful, having to go to a Japanese (secondary) school, after her local elementary school. After all, she was an American and didn’t see the need for a secondary school, to learn her heritage or her parent’s language. The strict adherence of the Japanese culture and school, would reinforce that she was Japanese, and that she would need to assimilate into the fashion that was expected by her elders.
This young lady was bold and all American. The Japanese cultural training, would …show more content…
The Japanese culture, so strict and traditional, made the children feel oddly different, even though they were classified as Japanese. Monica and her siblings were westernized and looked down upon, as Americans. As children, they would clash with their cousins and neighbors, showing hostility and actually skirmishing with one another (lacking the understanding and acceptance of the diverse cultures). Slapping a cousin and fighting with neighbor children, would display the western independent character of these visiting children, which shocked their Japanese