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TJLC Expository Essay - Lee 1 Kyu Hyun Lee English...

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Lee 1 Kyu Hyun Lee English 10 (Honors) September 4, 2007 A Cultural Dominance [An Expository Essay on Sexism] In any environment, sexism is encountered and experienced by both genders. In various cultures, the female gender is often viewed submissive to men, or sometimes an erotic model. For the male gender, most cultures take them for the dominant factor in a wife-husband relationship. In Amy Tan’s novel, The Joy Luck Club, she emphasizes how Chinese and American cultures face sexism through her characters: Waverly Jong, Lindo Jong, and Rose Hsu Jordan. Amy Tan expresses how sexism often involves women being looked down upon by men, however also gives indication that women may become equal to or more dominant than men. Waverly Jong, an exceptional opponent in the game of chess, is first judged as an amateur due to the simple fact that she is not a male. Waverly’s ability to play chess is mocked by a group of men she had seen walking home from school one afternoon. Waverly’s confidence leads her to question a man to play chess for her lifesavers: I came back to the park and approached a man who was observing the game.
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