Wong dreaded going to Chinese school. She pleaded, kicked, screamed and cried to get herself out of going but her mother was determined to have her and her brother learn their language that is associated with their heritage. She just wanted to be a normal kid and play with her friends: she did not want to be affiliated with the Chinese culture. While the Chinese school predominantly focused on language, speaking, reading and writing, she mentioned that every day started out with a lesson consisti...
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...See, the question still stands whether Wong rebelled to fit in or to stand out. Most adolescents who rebel do it to fit in; but in Wong’s case, she is trying to be someone different while trying to fit into the American culture. Everyone knows the cliché phrase “Why do people try so hard to fit in, when clearly they were born to stand out?” At the end of the essay Wong had been granted a cultural divorce and was permitted to stop attending Chinese school. She finally transitioned herself into the American lifestyle. However, once her goal was accomplished, she realized what she had lost and regretted it. “At last, I was one of you; I wasn’t one of them. Sadly, I still am” (63). She saw the error of her ways as a child but could no longer act upon it because it was too late. Her teenage rebellion caused her as an adult to regret her assimilation into American culture.
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