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Who is Irish 1 Latisha Daniels Professor Jane N. English 1301 08 Dec 2018 Literary Analysis-Who’s Irish Gish Jen’s “Who’s Irish” tells the story of a sixty-eight-year-old Chinese immigrant and her struggle to accept other cultures different from her own. The protagonist has been living in the United States for a while but she is still critical of other cultures and ethnicities, such as her son-in-law’s Irish family and the American values in which her daughter insists on applying while raising the protagonist’s granddaughter. The main character finds it very hard to accept the American way of disciplining and decides to implement her own measures when babysitting her granddaughter Sophie. When the main character’s daughter finds out that she has been spanking Sophie she asks her mother to move out of the house and breaks any further contact between them by not taking Sophie to visit her grandmother in her new place. The central idea of the story is that being an outsider depends on one’s perspective and that perspective determines how one’s life will be. The main character is a Chinese grandmother who previously owned a restaurant and now devotes her time to babysitting her 3-year-old Sophie . The grandmother lives with her granddaughter Sophie, her daughter Natalie, and her unemployed, Irish son-in-law John. She describes Sophie as "wild ", and blames her Irish side. She claims: "She is not like any Chinese girl I ever saw. Sophie continues to misbehave and the Grandmother spanks her anyways. One day at the park Sophie climbs into a hole and refuses to get out. The Grandmother pokes her with a stick to try and get her out. When her parents finally get Sophie home they find bruises on her.
Who is Irish 2 The grandmother is forbidden to see Sophie after that. The central idea is that being stuck between cultures can be very challenging for a family. Her husband and daughter escaped from

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