Wow, Very Cheeky

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During puberty, hormones in an adolescent’s mind cause great mood swings, and in some cases, anxiety. This causes a teenager to feel the need to be “cool”. This is a big characterization in Amy Tan’s story “Fish Cheeks” with the main character, Amy, expressing shame of her Chinese inheritance and feeling the need to look cool in front of her crush, Robert. Even so, her mother has great hope for her and gives her great advice. 

Like me, the main character is sometimes ashamed and embarrassed about her Chinese Inheritance. Because Chinese customs are very different from those of Americans, some people will view them as “weird” and therefore “uncool”. In the story, Amy “prayed for… a slim new American nose” (Tan 1). This means that she wants an American nose, so she does not think that the Chinese nose that she has and inherited by her parents is “cool” and would impress Robert, her crush.  

I, sometimes, am also embarrassed by my Chinese inheritance and customs. Recently, I told my friends about how I ate Pigs’ intestines. It, called 肥肠 (Fei Chang) is a popular Chinese dish and I quite like it. But, my friends were (rightfully) disgusted. I tried explaining that it was very good, but in American culture, even the thought of eating intestines is revolting. After that, I never told my friends about it, and had doubts whenever I encountered the dish again. 

3 thoughts on “Wow, Very Cheeky

  1. I like how you start with a scientific hook(During puberty, hormones in an adolescent’s mind cause great mood swings, and in some cases, anxiety. – This causes a teenager to feel the need to be “cool”).

  2. I really liked how you made connection to yourself in this post. Sometimes we could be embarrassed of our own culture, but I would say to accept and to be proud of your culture. Maybe others wouldn’t like it, but you should be proud. You also used a great hook to get the reader interested about teenagers

  3. I really like the hook, especially the very first sentence. I do not know what draws me to it, maybe the tone of the sentence, but I appreciate it. In your final paragraph, you said you have also been ashamed about your culture, and I once had, too. For example, you said your friends judged you for eating intestines, while some of my associates judged me for just being Chinese in camp. Can you please elaborate as to why your friends disgust in your eating habits were rightful? (This was supposed to be posted yesterday, but it just did not post).

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