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Joseph CarrilloEnglish 111Essay 4 “Empathy”Contextualization of Eddie Huang’s Family PartnershipsHave you ever had to work with one of your siblings or a close friend at some point in time and realized that all you really do is argue with each other until things end up working out? Well that is what Huang has been through working with his brother in his small business and what he mentions abundantly in his book Double Cup Love. Since I have a brother, I feel like I can relate to some of the problems that Eddie and his brother share. In his memoir, Huang discusses multiple times what it is like to be working with his brother, Evan, and what it means to work with family or close friends. Essentially, Eddie’s use of family history and difference of personalities help him discover problems and find solutions to a partnership between he and his brother.Throughout his story, Huang uses flashbacks of his own family and even uses examples of Chinese stereotypes of how families work together. For example, he explains, “The problem with Chinese restaurants is that the employees are family. The lady at the register isn’t just a ladyat the register, it’s your aunt.”(Evan p.45) He then goes on and explains how hard it is to work with family. Mostly because all you do is fight but can’t really fire anybody because they either don’t know how to do anything else or mainly because you have to see these people every other day anyways. The fights are not even work related but rather family issues at home. If you think about it, when you do get in a fight with a coworker you don’t have to go see them later at home.They don’t go on and keep nagging about personal problems or criticizing your work unless it’s
your boss. Using the examples of other family owned restaurants in his text can show the reader that it’s not just his problem working with family, but other families as well. He also explains why he continues to work with his brother during this time of the memoir. Saying that “My mom had a dream. Ever since she had the three of us, she imagined us working together in the family business. That’s how she came up.” (Evan p.51) This is why he dragged on this whole partnership with his brother for so long. Eddie and his brother just didn’t

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