Whos_Irish_Analysis - Alessia Hu Period 4 Throughout Gish...

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Alessia Hu 2/7/20 Period 4 Throughout Gish Jen’s story, Who’s Irish?, she uses character development to highlight cultural differences. From the beginning of the story we see that the narrator, Sophie's grandmother, sees the world through a different cultural lense. She talks about social norms in China and how they differ in America. At one point in the story, the grandmother says, “We do not have this word in Chinese, supportive ” (106). This is a very stereotypical statement because Chinese people aren’t known for being affectionate because it’s not a part of the culture. Her Chinese culture is all that she knows, and therefore, she can come off as unsupportive when she isn’t trying to be. This is one cultural difference that is highlighted by the grandmother’s character development. As the story goes on, the grandmother brings up more differences in culture and shows that her values are fixed. When Sophie goes to the park with her grandmother, her grandmother

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