The Chinese In All Of Us Richard Rodriguez Analysis

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Culture is everywhere. The way one communicates, his or her mannerisms or quirks, the foods they like to eat, and even the clothes they enjoy wearing are all elements of their culture. The essay “The Chinese in All of Us”, authored by Richard Rodriguez, is all about culture and how one should respond towards the mixing of different cultures. The overall topic is about multiculturalism. According to online article, “Multiculturalism”, multiculturalism is the about the correct way to react towards the diversity of cultures (Song 2010). The main argument within Rodriguez’s writing is that America should accept its role as a melting pot of cultures and that individuals should appreciate the similarities and differences among different cultures. …show more content…
Rodriguez properly targets his audience through the use of constant examples of people not being able to understand their heritage blending with their American culture. Within the essay Rodriguez explains that a boy named Michael was taught speak up and to stand straight. When that child went home and talked with his Chinese father, he was ridiculed because of his American ways. The targeted audience is towards those who do not understand how life in America is shaped by culture, as well as those who want a deeper explanation about American culture. The essay is written from the point of view of a Mexican American author, Richard Rodriguez. The writer uses a tone similar to if he was speaking to a friend. This type of tone is useful because it helps the reader feel comfortable and able to understand the claims from the author’s point of view. With this tone comes a simplistic use of the English language, in fact Rodriguez spent years of education studying the English language (Moyers 2003). Compared to a formal essay, this piece of writing is able to convey its meaning in a friendly straightforward way, which is effective in order to connect with the …show more content…
The reasons can be summed up to be that it is a controversial topic, which has many points of view that someone can see through. A person may think that immigration hurts America and another may see it as the biggest benefit ever. Richard Rodriguez is the son of Mexican immigrants and grew up in California. According to a web page on PBS.org, Rodriguez has published three successful books and is an avid essayist and journalist (Moyers 2003). The author holds his credibility within the first few paragraphs of “The Chinese in All of Us”. Rodriguez starts off by explaining how the talent coordinator for the “Oprah Winfrey Show” calls him, and how she wants the writer to come on the show to speak about self-hating ethics. This is the author’s first impression to the reader and he effectively shows that he is a credible writer, due to the fact that he is wanting on the “Oprah Winfrey Show”. Within the next paragraph the writer explains to the reader how he wrote a book about his Americanization. This shows the readers that he has first-hand experience about the mixing and blending of different cultures. Throughout the essay Rodriguez speaks from personal views of his own ethnicity and culture. This makes him credible to his audience due to having well developed opinion of where he stands on multiculturalism. The author’s credibility diminishes when he puts too much emotion into his

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