The author begins the story with a strong statement, “I found myself in a Chinese funeral parlor because of a phone call I made to my cleaning lady” (Schmitt); it takes the reader right into the funeral parlor and draws the reader into the story: how she got to the funeral parlor and what she doing there was the question I had. She starts the story with some background about how she got to China. Then moves on to the funeral that was happening in her neighbors’ home. She describes how the family was grievously weeping as she was walking toward her apartment. She noticed what happened and wonder why they were weeping. “Do you know why the neighbors are very sad?” she asked her cleaning lady.
“The old man isn’t there anymore,” she replied back, letting her know the old man died. The author states she realized the color white is associated with Chinese death, after arriving
at the neighbors’ apartment to she shows her condolences for the dead Grandfather and brings red flowers for the family. The family then invited her to join the family for the funeral to show respect. The author then explains what it was like going to the funeral parlor with the Chinese family. She says, “We all wore black fabric swatches pinned to our arms to acknowledge we were part of the grieving party” (Schmitt). As it states on the article by Shuang...
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...ional, and sympathy. The author showed her personality in this article by showing how caring and respectful she was with the strangers.
The story tells about her living in China and experience with the Chinese people. She wrote the story with humor and providing evidence of the Chinese cultural as she experienced it. The way she wrote the story was not in a chronically order, but it was going back and forth from past to present at the beginning of the story she gives background about herself. The authors writing is so effortless and easy to follow along which makes reading this article more enjoyable. The writing does not have any technical language, which makes it easy to understand. The tone of the whole article was funny and emotional at the same time. This story had so much depth of understanding people with different cultural and living around different people.
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