E wong Essay

In “The Struggle to be an All American Girl” by Elizabeth Wong, Elizabeth Wong wanted to assimilate and embrace American culture. However, her mother forced her to learn about the Chinese language. She had to go to Chinese school which, for her, was such a dreaded place that she would kick and scream that she didn’t want to go. She hated almost everything about the school. The auditorium had a stench of old Chinese medicine that was putrescent compared to the sweet smell of her American teacher’s French perfume. She was scared of the principal, who used old-fashioned teaching techniques and hit the children for misbehaving. Even the language, she felt, itself was inferior to other languages such as English with a southern accent, or French.

There's a specialist from your university waiting to help you with that essay.
Tell us what you need to have done now!

order now

One of the reasons she hated Chinese was the way that her grandmother spoke it, like a vendor in Chinatown. “It was quick it was loud, it was unbeautiful. It was not like the lilting romance of French or the gentle refinement of the American South. Chinese sounded pedestrian. Public” (Wong 134). Wong also feared that one day she would be like her repugnant grandmother. Wong was embarrassed whenever her grandmother was with her, feeling like an outsider as her grandmother shouted at her in supermarkets and stores. The elders of her own culture would even encourage her. People would speak encouraging words to her as she spoke English.

They said her lips moved so quickly and she would do well in American society. “Even the people in my culture would cluck and say that I’d do well in life. ‘My, doesn’t she move her lips fast,’ they would say, meaning that I’d be able to keep up with the world outside Chinatown” (134-135). As an adult, Elizabeth Wong won permission to leave her culture behind, but realized that without it, you lose your identity.

No Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Free Essays
Bullying and People Essay

Bullying- everyone knows about it, but a lot of people don’t realize why it’s serious. Bullying can be defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involve a real or perceived power imbalance. About 30% of teens in the U.S have been involved in bullying. People should care …

Free Essays
Most difficult aspects of learning English Essay

I studied English language at school and in university, but when I started to work in Russian-American it-company I met several difficulties with my English. I understood that my English wasn’t perfect and I need study more to build my career,, because in this company and generally you have to …

Free Essays
Cell Phone Essay

Many kids these days have cell phones. You often see teenagers talking on their phones, or, just as often, texting. It has become a part of everyday life, and a part of our society. It is encouraged socially, especially among teenagers, to have a phone. Cell phones can be very …


I'm Terry

Would you like to get such a paper? How about receiving a customized one?

Check it out