In the essay, the author tells us about her own experience she got at the age of fourteen. She liked the fair-haired American boy named Robert and was sure that she does not deserve to be his girlfriend due to her Chinese nose that was not as slim as small noses of American Barbie-girls. Amy was ashamed of her Chinese traditions and was very upset when got to know that her parents invited Robert’s Family for Christmas Eve dinner. Such behavior is very typical for teenagers and it is very difficult for them to realize the worth of their individuality. The girl thought that Robert would never pay attention to her after that dinner because their Chinese traditions seemed ridiculous in comparison to American traditions. However, her mother had another opinion and cooked a traditional Chinese dinner.
Notwithstanding that nowadays we like to visit Chinese restaurants, Amy was ashamed to even because of national food: “I saw that my mother had outdone herself in creating a strange menu. She was pulling black veins out of the backs of fleshy prawns. The kitchen was littered with appalling mounds of raw food” (Tan). During the dinner Amy was very upset because of the behavior of her relatives; it seemed that they tried to emphasize the significance of Chinese culture and kitchen. Tan states that she would rather disappear because it was difficult for her to understand what her parents mean. Her mother explained: “inside you must always be Chinese. You must be proud you are different. Your only shame is to have shame" (Tan). ...Show more