Who is Irish1Latisha DanielsProfessor Jane N.English 130108 Dec 2018Literary Analysis-Who’s Irish Gish Jen’s “Who’s Irish” tells the story of a sixty-eight-year-old Chinese immigrant andher struggle to accept other cultures different from her own. The protagonist has been living inthe United States for a while but she is still critical of other cultures and ethnicities, such as herson-in-law’s Irish family and the American values in which her daughter insists on applyingwhile raising the protagonist’s granddaughter. The main character finds it very hard to accept theAmerican way of disciplining and decides to implement her own measures when babysitting hergranddaughter Sophie. When the main character’s daughter finds out that she has been spankingSophie she asks her mother to move out of the house and breaks any further contact betweenthem by not taking Sophie to visit her grandmother in her new place. The central idea of the storyis that being an outsider depends on one’s perspective and that perspective determines how one’slife will be. The main character is a Chinese grandmother who previously owned a restaurant andnow devotes her time to babysitting her 3-year-old Sophie. The grandmother lives with hergranddaughter Sophie, her daughter Natalie, and her unemployed, Irish son-in-law John. Shedescribes Sophie as "wild ", and blames her Irish side. She claims: "She is not like any Chinesegirl I ever saw. Sophie continues to misbehave and the Grandmother spanks her anyways.Oneday at the park Sophie climbs into a hole and refuses to get out. The Grandmother pokes her witha stick to try and get her out. When her parents finally get Sophie home they find bruises on her.
Who is Irish2The grandmother is forbidden to see Sophie after that. The central idea is that being stuckbetween cultures can be very challenging for a family.Her husband and daughter escaped from