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    In contrast to the Chinese grandma Meanie’s relationship with her daughter Natalie, as I mentioned above the grandma’s personality retains the traditional Chinese conservative ideas, shape her traditional Chinese identity that she cannot understand the way her American family’s behavior and thoughts. Different from Hamid the names of his character have symbolized meaning; Jen simply names the Meanie’s daughter, Natalie and her mixed Irish granddaughter, Sophie. In fact, English names shape Natalie and Sophie as future generation complete fully integrated into American culture and identity. When dealing with the raising problems with Sophie, who likes running naked, playing with garbage cans, climbing everything and eating with hand, by comparing…

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    have friends can be found in everyone, even the characters from Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel American Born Chinese. Yang takes the reader through three different stories that all aim to show the importance of being true to yourself. Two of the main characters, Monkey King and Jin, attempt to assimilate into the societies that they live in, which results in the characters losing who they truly are, until they are finally willing to embrace their true selves. While another character, Chin-kee,…

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    American nationality is unlike the nationality of any other country because it encompasses such a diverse group. This is because American nationality is awarded to someone based on whether or not they possesses citizenship papers -- which anyone can apply for. Despite the diversity in this country, there is a clear white privileged majority who have never known the other side of the immigration story. For this reason, Gene Luen Yang strives to elicit a greater understanding of immigrant…

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    Understanding American Born Stereotypes American Born Chinese is very educational when it comes to Chinese stereotypes in every reader. Stereotypes affect the characters in American Born Chinese in a negative manner. According to Google stereotypes are a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. Gene Luen Yang is the author of the book who is an asian-american who was inspired to make American Born Chinese from his own experiences of…

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    Little Chinese Seamstress, written by Dai Sijie, is an instrument which remarks upon the re-education and revolution of China during the early 1960s. Dai’s commentary of the revolution is finite and expressed through circumstances of particular characters predominantly the narrator's. This commentary is intriguingly delicate in its attack towards communism which minimizes opinions in the novel. An exemplification of this is when Narrator is performing a tooth decay extraction on the headman. A…

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    basic workings of the government, is willing to pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and promises to uphold and defend the Constitution (USCIS). As with most societies, unfortunately, the answer to what makes an American is not that simple, as shown in American Born Chinese. Throughout this graphic novel, Jin, the protagonist, struggles with the questions of what it means to be an American, what it means to be Chinese, and how the two identities intertwine and compete.…

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    is closely associated with the gender hierarchy (Connell and Messerschmidt, 2005). Likewise, Chinese masculinity of the father is still built and consolidated through showing higher status over women in a family. In other words, Chinese masculinity of fatherhood is constructed in a contrast with women. Connell and Messerschmidt (2005) emphasized women are vital in many processes of constructing masculinities. It is said that patterns of masculinity are socially defined in contradistinction from…

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    The Initial Value And Derivative: The Phenomenon Of Historical And Cultural Heritage Value Of The Derivative Generally speaking, people will not make it a valuable historical and cultural heritage of doubt, because those who have been included in the list of all levels and types of cultural heritage, have been consistent with some values. Such as UNESCO > there is no further elaboration. I believe that the so-called historical and cultural heritage of universal value, in fact, a universal…

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    The purpose of most novels are to convey a message to the reader, to me the novel “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” was very successful at this. I don’t know the name of the main character but I assume it’s the author as it refers to himself by the use of “me”, “my” and “I”. I felt that the strong connection between the two main characters, Luo and the author was extremely significant. Their friendship displayed the strongest loyalty where they would sacrifice their lives for each…

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    “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” Mother Teresa. This quote relates to the novel, Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted daughter written by Adeline Yen Mah, a Chinese-American physician who describes her lonely experiences growing up in China during the Second World War. Even though she tries to make the most out of her horrible situation, she never wins under Father and Niang’s control. She is sent to many boarding schools, hated by her…

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