Summary Of Se Habla Espanol By Amy Tan

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There are two stories that are very similar in the text. Se Habla Espanol by Tanya Maria Barrientos and Mother Tongue by Amy Tan are both about young women who are children, immigrants. They both have different stereotypes that they must overcome. In this day and time, there are different stereotypes, with these stereotypes different people are affected. She would soon gain acceptance of her culture after accepting who she was. Barrientos moved to the U.S. when she was three years old. She is a Latino from Guatemala that wanted to be more fluent in her Spanish language. In the 1960’s the U.S. was not hyphenated. Individuals that were African American and Mexicans were considered dangerous while citizens that followed the law were expected …show more content…
Tan was not great at English, but she was good at math and science. She is a child of an immigrant family that must speak for her mother because her mother’s English is not great. Tan refers to her mother’s English as “broken”. She was ashamed of her mother’s English, Tan would have to speak for her mother. When Tan was fifteen, she had to call people for her mother, even if it was to complain or get information. As Tan says in her reading “In this guise, I was forced to ask for information or even to complain and yell at people who had been rude to her.” When Tan’s mother cashed in her stock in the stock market, Tan had to talk to the investor to get her mother’s money. When Tan’s mother would talk to customer service they would not help her. They would ignore her or pretend they did not understand her. Tan struggled with her mother’s English. Tan did not want to be ashamed of her mother but she was. When Tan got older her mother got sick. She had gone to the doctor to have a CAT scan done. When Tan’s mother called to get the results of the scan, the doctors would tell her that they did not have it or it was lost. This bothered Tan. So, she called the doctor’s office and asked questions about the CAT scan. With her having such great English the doctors told her the results of the scan and gave her the information she was demanding. At the end of the reading, Tan accepted her mother’s “broken” English. She even gave her mother a book that

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