Uncertain about her identity, Kingston relied on her mother’s narratives to aid her in the process of finding her independence and discovering who she was. Although Brave Orchid frequently enforced Chinese customs amongst her daughters, she often contradi...
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... her heritage and the struggles of being a first generation Chinese American, she projects a message of self empowerment among women whom suffer from oppression or come from a culture of oppression. She acknowledges her determination of wanting to be successful by not complying with the role of the submissive oriental woman. Although she does not submit to the norm of female oppression, Kingston continues to follow other Chinese customs and constantly reminds herself about the past oppression of women and how she is not willing to continue the ongoing cycle. Caught between two distinct social standards, Kingston suffered from identity confusion. As Kingston’s autobiography reveals a message of self empowerment and women oppression, her autobiography continues to lives among the beholder; leaving the reader with a final thought: women will overcome male dominance.
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