Power to the Women
Writing Prompt #1
Writing Prompt #2
Honestly i liked the mother and daughter I was assigned to. Picking another family would be rough but if I had to chose I would pick the Woo family because I think it’s very interesting that Jing-mei learned more about her mother after she died than when she was alive. When Jing-mei was younger, she felt like nothing that she ever did pleased her mother and that she never met her mothers expectations. She felt this way because her mother pushed her to succeed in everything that she did because she found her daughters life to be more valuable than her own. I think it would be very interesting to read about Jing-mei getting to know her mother as a completely different person than she had seen before. She discovers another side of her mom that she had been to young and naive to understand
Writing Prompt #3
"I wanted my children to have the best combination: American circumstances and Chinese character. How could I know these things do not mix?" (Tan 254)
This quote explains that people in america have different ways of going about life than Chinese people do. When
Ying-ying wants her child to get the best of both worlds, she’s only looking at the benefits of the situation. She doesn’t think about how hard it can be to take on two cultures at ones especially when the world is filled with so much judgement.
Transformations are accomplished through hope, understanding, and life circumstances. Hope for example, allows people and objects to become more than they really are. Mothers can change from enemies into allies
as the daughters realize their mothers true intentions. "So i walked closer yet, until i could see the face of the Moon Lady: shrunken cheeks, a broad oily nose, large glaring teeth, and red stained eyes. A face so tired that as she wearily pulled off her hair, her long gown fell from her shoulders. And as the secret wish fell from my lips, the Moon Lady looked at me and became a man" (Tan 113). The moon lady became a man. He let his true side show. The desire for the moon lady to be real and able to grant wishes transforms a frightening man into a beautiful lady. Ying-ying’s hope and trust is shattered. She discovered that something she had put all of her faith into was nothing but a lie. She doesn’t know if she can trust the “Moon Lady” again and her faith is shaken. Living your life believing one thing and then realizing that none of it is true is a rude awakening that nobody should have to go through. It would shake anybody’s faith
This shows the mother-daughter relationship in the St. Clair family. The two of them want a stronger bond with one another but are straining to see how they can reach that goal because to them, it seems to be an impossible goal.
This picture shows diversity between American and Chinese culture. It shows how sometimes, the same thing in one culture looks a different way in another. It proves that life is not black and white; there are many grey areas that society hasn't spent much time discovering.
This shows how the moon lady has two sides to herself. People see her one way but she knows that she's not what they see. She views herself in a different manner then everybody else does.