The section American Translation opens with a short story which shows a mother who sees in her daughter, not only the daughter, but the child she will have and the mother she will become. Her mother sees more than what is obvious. Lena’s mother does too. She sees that Lena’s life is currently “a room with no life in it” and that she and her husband spend too much time saying “words that mean nothing” (Tan 252). As a child, Lena literally translated much of her parents’ life for them.
There were many issues that him and his family had faced during the great depression. The first main issue that Baker and his family faced was financial stress. It started when Russell was five years old, when his father passed. Russell’s mom, Elizabeth, decided to leave the past behind and move out of their home. Russle and his family ended up moving into Elizabeth’s brothers home, in the book she stated, “For the first time in her life she needed charity.” This shows that upon the death of her husband, the whole family no longer had the money to live the lifestyle they had and they needed a little bit of help to get started with creating a new life.
It’s hard to believe that a single and struggling mother changed her life by writing, but that’s exactly what J.K. Rowling did; not by luck, but by pure talent. She started writing when she was only 6, and from that moment, she knew she wanted to become a writer when she got older. She did not have a good childhood and was depressed, but this served as her inspiration for her famous Harry Potter books. Many things that are in the Harry Potter series actually came from her childhood; one character was even modeled after her. Rowling even admits that her mother’s painful death influenced her to write.
One of the mothers, Suyuan, was forced to abandon her twin babies during the war in her early lives, so she consistently pushed Jing-mei to succeed in piano. But the more expectations and hopes from Suyuan towards Jing-mei, the more doubts for Jing-mei to ignore her own talents and abilities. Mother ‘Ying-Ying’ was abandoned by her husband and lived in great poverty for years. Then she immigrates with her second husband to America, where she is forced to adjust to an even lower standard of living. By comparison, her daughter Lena have led relatively better lives, but still has great difficulty achieving happiness.
In the middle adulthood life stage the developmental task are “managing a career, nurturing intimate relationships, expanding caring relationships, and managing the household”. (Cite From Book) June is experiencing the psychological crises of generativity versus stagnation. June is comfortable taking her mother’s place at the table in the United States and not even looking for her sisters. However, when her aunties told her that they had received a letter from her sisters she fought the stagnation part of the psychological crises. According to Newman and Newman generativity is “to bring into existence”.
Her eldest daughter, Dee, is the first in her family to embrace modernization and to attempt to improve her way of life. Dee?s view of the world and her feelings about developing her own sovereign identity are foreign to Maggie and her mother. The mother has lived her whole life in a manner that Dee simply does not wish to live hers. The mother shows some recognition of this as the story opens and she describes her own life and childhood and compares those of her two girls. The daughters, then, represent to their mother opposing forces in regards to socioeconomic and educational standards of living.
Looking at my family is like looking at American homes today. It shows the effect of a society that is all about on the go activities. My sister would be in my own words a perfect example of an individualistic person. She like in the book Habits of the Heart only deals with issues that are important to her. My sister focuses on what can make her life better and if this involves some kind of communitarian activity only then will she participate.
With my mom’s inspiration and suggestion (a professor with over 30 years of career and still managing her home), she advised I should put it in writing to encourage other career moms like me. She only wished I had written it earlier and so many can benefit from it. Metaphorically, I leapt over the desk and sat in my mom’s place. She was right. There was need to explain balancing career and motherhood to career moms and not write down to them or patronizing.
The death of her father was a terrible financial blow to the family because her father left no will to protect the family's interests. A year after the death the family was forced to auction off the mansion and move to a more modest home. Nellie helped her mother take care of the other children, but still they came into very hard times. (Around the World in 72 Days). Elizabeth's mother desperately sought financial security so she remarried.
My mother was born on April 11, 1970 the last of ten children; her mother was in and out of her life all during her adolescent years, as she struggled with drug addiction and prostitution. My mother lost both of her parents at age fifteen and had me when she was sixteen. She married at sixteen since my father was much older than her it was required otherwise; he would have gone to jail. The relationship that I want to talk about in this essay is the one of my mothers and mine. My mother struggled to raise me, we grew up together, since she was only a child herself when she had me, and most certainly had no portrayal of what a parent should be.