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. 

I Think I Lost My Found Poem

The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” By W. D. Wetherell. This found poem was about a conflict in the story. To be specific, the inner conflict that the main character had about whether to ask his crush to go on date or not. I found the poem on pages 1, 2, and 3. The conflict propels the story plot by showing the main character asking Shelia to the date, so the whole Bass fiasco could have happened on the way to the date.

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LAST WEEK, 7-4 and 7th grade FA went on a trip to the outskirts of Beijing. first, went to a village called 灵水村. my biggest complaint is that the places we did activities and the place we lived and ate were very far from each other. also, one of the buses broke down so there was a change in the schedule. in addition to that, there was a big courtyard at the place we lived so we could have done our activities there. another complaint is that the activities were boring. I think the organizers should have given us more freedom, and let us choose what we did. so those are my complaints about the trip.