From the beginning of the story, belief and values played a major role in every Chinese family according to the Grandmother. With such pride in her culture and tradition, she influenced her daughter with the same customs and traditions. The Grandmother resent her daughter for marrying an Irish person. The grandmother is disrespectful of her son-in-law and his brothers because they were unemployed even though they are white and were born in the United States. The Mother states that “In China, daughter take care of mother. Here it is the other way around. Mother helps dau...
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... receive any apology or compensation. What! That’s insane! This was my reaction and keep in mind that I was fresh out of Nigeria when these incident occurred. I couldn 't understand this contradictory killing of Riley, a mother of three and why Arfee’s killing got more media attention. My culture places more value on human lives, not that American culture doesn 't value human lives but this example where a dog owner walks away with an official apology and compensation for damage. Was strange to me.
In summary, the Grandmother found it difficult to grasp the fast changing culture and tradition in a different country which conflicted with the new culture her daughter was exposed to. I found myself in a similar situation, and just like the Grandmother in “Who’s Irish” it was difficult for me to understand why people care so much about a pets life over a human 's life.
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