Takaki misses a chance to develop minor pathos in paragraph eleven. In this two sentence paragraph, Takaki describes successful Asian American college graduates as hitting the glass ceiling, or “the barrier through which high management positions can be seen but not reached” (p. 118). By using the phrase “glass ceiling” Takaki gives his audience a visual that is easier to sympathize with than a simple explanation of the popular phrase. But the vast opportunity the phrase offered went undeveloped by Takaki, who could have described the Asian American college graduates as reaching for positions that were far out of their reach despite their ample preparation, but he did not. Instead, Takaki chose to leave his reader with the raw statement given with words that could hint at pathos, but ultimately blend in with their surroundings and are taken in without a second thought. As a reader, I have to ask myself why Takaki did not use pathos. Did ...
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...n Americans” ( paragraph 15, p.118). Explaining the tension between these two minority groups and why it exists would have strengthened Takaki’s argument, given it some pathos, and added to his credibility. Otherwise, the article would be better if Takaki had not mentioned “African American resentment toward Asian Americans” (p.117) at all because it makes the paper seem unfocused.
Takaki gets his point across in his article, but he could have conveyed the information more clearly and with greater focus. Takaki clearly knows the material, yet many of his points are left underdeveloped and unclear. Ronald Takaki reminds his readers that though some Asian Americans may be good at math, or science; study often; and work really hard; they are just people like everyone else. Whatever advances Asian American may have made, they still haven’t achieved the dream of equality.
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