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Analysis of "The Struggle To Be An All-American Girl"

The Struggle to Be An All-American Girl Analysis


Being different is not always a bad thing. But first it is important for everyone to accept his difference among people. And this is the lesson learned from the story of “The Struggle to be an all American Girl” by Elizabeth Wong. Elizabeth's analysis describes her childhood experience. The problem of being unable to fit in a new society is not an individual one. There are many children and teenagers who live in foreign countries suffering from the same problem. Cultural difference is supposed to be a positive thing. However, in many cases it causes many problems for many people around the world, especially, those at young ages. 

Of course, one can understand that a child who is going to a new school wants people to love him and make new friends. However, when analyzing reality, one can see that in a new and foreign country this task is not always easy. Thus, the struggle to be an all American girl is handling some analyses and issues such as the cultural diversity and how it affects the life of people, especially children. Learning new language, embracing new traditions and getting new experience are the three main positive effects of cultural diversity in "The Struggle to Be An All American Girl".


Learning a New Language Idea Analysis:

Learning new language is very essential these days. People who are coming from different cultural backgrounds are mainly different in language, the way they look, the way they dress, traditions and religious beliefs. The majority of people who travel to a foreign country, especially the United States of America are charmed with almost everything. As the United States seceded to advertise for what they call the American dream. And such success made the English language, especially the American accent, the most popular language around the world and all people want to learn it. And almost all people who travel to the United States do not take with their original language. They prefer to talk English or sometimes mix it with their original language. Just like what Elizabeth and her brother did, they learned English and always talked with it. Moreover, they always felt embarrassed from their mother as she couldn’t speak English in a good way. They also hated that their mother forced them to go to a Chinese school in order to learn about their original language and not to forget it. The worst thing a person can do is to leave all his origins behind while trying to fit in a new culture. 

Instead, a person who is going to move to another country with another culture should preserve his origins such as his original language and traditions. And if he did not do so, then he will be creating a cultural gap between his original cultural and the new cultural. According to Buettner, 2008, P.877 the cultural gap is the worst thing that could affect the people’s life for a long time. Thus, young children who are going to live in a foreign country and new culture should learn the importance of embracing their original roots and how to fit in a new society without leaving their origins behind. 

Elizabeth Wong and her brother (In The Struggle to Be an All American Girl) hated their original culture and did their best to hide it and their family from people. Such attitude should tell a lot about their feeling and fear of being bullied and rejected in their classmates in their new school. Elizabeth also described her journey to the Chines school as if it was a punishment or torture. Their mother forced her and her brother to go to this school in an attempt from her to make a connection between them and their original culture, language and tradition. what Elizabeth’s mother did is considered the right thing that an immigrant mother can do in order to avoid her children the cost of being rootless, just like Elizabeth felt at the end of her story. The childhood experience of Elizabeth and her brother described the experience and struggle of many immigrant children who underwent almost the same problems and in many cases ended up with like Elizabeth with nothing connecting them to their original culture and heritage.


Discovering New Cultures Idea Analysis:

Knowing and embracing others` cultures prevents any clashes among civilizations. The impact of the moving far away from a person’s origin is very obvious in the struggle to be an all American girl. Elizabeth from the beginning of her description for her Chinese old school is favoring her American school and criticizing the bad condition of her Chinese school. As a matter of fact, Elizabeth and her brother are not the only children who belong to different culture and tried their best to leave it and embrace the new one. And all of this is just to fit in and feel accepted among their new friends. They even did not try to embrace their original culture and see if people will like them or not. They just developed the presumption that their original language is embarrassing and people will not like it. The sad thing is that they made an unfair comparison between almost everything that is different from their origin country, China and the United States. And of course, this comparison ended in the favor of the United States. These facts indicate to what extent people who are charmed with another culture could be negatively affected by the differences between the cultures. 

Elizabeth and her brother not only they wanted to be an all American children, but also they wanted to change their family with them. They always believed that their mother’s accent was funny and embarrassing and when she or their father went to take them from school, they never wanted any one to know that they are their parents. According to Wong, 2010, P.1, the immigrant children and their families should be aware of all these problems that they highly expected to face in the new society. Parents should prepare their children for the coming change and inform them about the importance of staying connected to their origins. Another important thing that immigrant children and teen agers should now about moving to a new culture is that they can absorb what only fits them and their culture from the new one not to fully drown in it and forget everything about their culture and heritage like what Elizabeth and her brother did.


Getting New Experiences Idea Analysis:

Getting new experience and knowing many new things in life is also an obvious impact of culture diversity. Culture diversity and interaction has become a very important issue today. Many countries are supporting the culture diversity among its citizens. If any country put the culture diversity of its society in its right path, they will benefit a lot from it. The United States and many European countries are embracing a huge numbers of people from different cultural backgrounds. And the governments of these countries are doing their best in order to use and benefit from such diversity in many aspects of life. May be, at the past students from different cultures were facing many problems while adopting in the new society as the acceptance of people from different culture was not spread as today. Moreover, these American and European cultures are taking a lot form other cultures such as Indian, Asian and Arabian cultures. According to Michael, 2014, P.317, the concept of culture interaction is broadly used in different educational fields today. 

As it is obvious in the struggle to an all American girl the awareness about the importance of social diversity should start with younger ages. Children are the most affected by the culture difference especially due to its negative impacts. The United States is one of the main countries that contain large numbers of people from different cultures and trying its best to embrace them with the American culture without harming their original cultures. However, the process of controlling the negative effects of culture difference among children is a little bit difficult. It is difficult to control the world of children. Children’s acceptance and rejection of something or somebody is not easy to predict. Thus, it is important to educate the young generations about culture diversity. Moreover, children and teenagers should learn to respect the culture of others and if they met a new classmate from different culture they should welcome him or her and treat them in a good manner.


Summary:

Finally, the analysis of the social and culture diversity shows that they should be a positive element in a society with positive influence of the members of this society. However, the way with which people see and deal with it is the most important factor that determines whether culture diversity will have a positive influence or negative one. People should realize the importance of maintaining and preserving their origins, as this is what makes them different and recognizable. As for Elizabeth, she has realized the mistake that she and her brother did too late. 

However, the awareness of the importance of culture and social diversity has increased a lot in the recent years. This increasing awareness especially among teenagers has enabled many students to embrace their original culture and do not feel embarrassed or rejected because of it. The short story of “the Struggle to an all American girl” is giving a brief description for the childhood period of the author, Elizabeth Wong and her brother. 

"The Struggle To Be An All-American Girl" is mainly discussing the issue of culture gap that was created between the original Chines culture of Elizabeth and the new one which she embraced and completely dropped the original one. After, cutting all connection with her origins and finally become an all American girl, Elizabeth is now regretting it all and wishing that she could be attached to her Chinese culture again.


"The Struggle To Be An All-American Girl" Case Analysis
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