This poem is made from words and phrases from the story “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan. The story is about a girl who wants to be more American, but her parents are teaching her to appreciate her Chinese background and tradition. Her parents invited her crush’s American family over for dinner but still went on with Chinese tradition even though there were guests there. The story told her to not be embarrassed just because of her tradition. I chose the fish as the drawing because when her father poked the fishes eyeball out, that was a moment when she would’ve been really embarrassed and would show the conflict. Dinner threw me into despair shows her emotions and how her family’s action has affected her. Robert grimaced shows what Robert, her crush, thinks about her family’s actions and why dinner threw her into despair in more detail. I wanted to disappear emphasizes how strong her emotions are at that point.