"The moon lady" by amy tan

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Student’s Name: Ediberto Saldana Date: March 4, 2011
ENG. 110:21211:0219 Assigment 2nd

“Ying-Ying St. Clair - The Moon Lady” by Amy Tan

Amy Tan’s world oflanguage and culture is reflected richly and delightful in her story of “The Moon Lady”. In that story, Amy describes the colorfulness of a well know celebration for theAutumn arrival in China, the “Moon Festival”, thru the eyes of a little girl and the memoirs of an old woman, her mother. A time where the Moon is viewed in its fullnessshape and shinning, “the fifteen day of the eight moon”. People wear traditional handmade attires, eat and tell ancient stories. Invoke to “Chang-o”, a lady living “on themoon” that can have a secret wish fulfilled”. Ying-Ying got lose when she felt out of the boat in the “Tai Lake, one of the largest in all China.” The symbolism of “theFive Evils” was an ancient story of a valuable way of imposing respect in her childhood. She mentions her shadow many times during the story, may be as a signal of whatshe cannot ran off, her Chinese culture. If that an Amy Tan compiles of how she and her mother struggled emotionally, to deal with the ethnocentrism of her Chinesebackground and the acceptance of her American identity. What I believed is that Amy had no way to escape from her cultural values, her mother primary language, and her writingskills reflected that. She always had to deal with that and finally revealed her wish to herself and not to “the Moon Lady”, or her traditions, she was “found” finallyin that story, and she also found her path to live her life, writing in English her Chinese experience lived under her mother and family eyes and memoirs.

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