Fish Cheeks















This is a found poem created with the words of Amy Tan in “Fish Cheeks”. In the story, the Chinese girl named Amy has a crush on an American boy named Robert. Then, Amy finds out that her family has invited Robert’s family to dinner for Christmas. Amy goes through an internal conflict between being a Chinese girl or an American girl. In the story, a quote says, “Dinner threw me deeper into despair. My relatives licked the ends of their chopsticks and reached across the table, dipping them into the dozen or so plates of food. Robert and his family waited patiently for platters to be passed to them. My relatives murmured with pleasure when my mother brought out the whole steamed fish, Robert grimaced. Then my father poked his chopsticks just below the fish eye and plucked out the soft meat. “Amy, your favorite,” he said, offering me the tender fish cheek. I wanted to disappear.” I think this quote shows how Amy feels really embarrassed. I think she also wants her family to have American traditions and manners at the moment, but she really knows that she is a Chinese girl in a Chinese family.


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