The Cultural Struggles Of Jade Snow Wong 's Fourth Chinese Daughter

757 Words Oct 22nd, 2015 4 Pages
Jade Snow Wong’s Fifth Chinese Daughter outlines the cultural struggles the author faced as a Chinese-American. Born in America, yet raised Chinese, Wong began to form her identity in the middle of this cultural clash. On one hand, Wong witnessed the promotion of individuality from American families, on the other her family taught her individuality is less important than the family as a whole. Various cultural factors pushed and pulled Wong throughout her life – some she embraced, some she fought – which allowed her to form her own unique Chinese-American identity. The Wongs, though they adopted Christianity and did not practice foot-binding, were not Chinese-Americans – they were Chinese living in America. Wong was raised Chinese from birth – her world until age five was wholly Chinese, “for her world was her family.” Consequently, all that mattered to her (in childhood) was doing what was “proper” for a Chinese girl. Her moral education began early, she was not read folk tales or stories of princesses - instead her father related Chinese history and stressed the importance of filial piety. Along with this Confucian education, her family raised her under the assumption that a woman’s primary purpose was to bear and rear children. Wong did not question these teachings because, for much of her childhood, these were the only teachings she knew of - she accepted them as cultural norms. She was not born with the innate desire for individuality – she felt joy when she…

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