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Tong 1 Esaias Tong Katie Sanders English 1301 8/1/2011 Who am I? “Growing up Asian in America”, written by Kesaya E. Noda, has an expressive purpose with a pattern of classification to convey her identity struggle to define herself, emphasizing her individuality in an autobiographical perspective to reveal the author’s different layers of identity. The writer introduces the history of Japanese in America, Japanese culture and the many stereotypes of Japanese Americans to define herself through these different layers of identity. She recounts her childhood memories while growing up in America as an Japanese American, exploring these significant events in her life and the history of Japanese immigrants in America to summarize her identity by fitting the very pieces of her identity puzzle together. Throughout the text “Growing Up Asian in America”, the expressive purpose is an important constituent of the way the author self-defines her identity as a Japanese-American. One element of expressive writing that is central to the essay is the author’s self-definition. In the second paragraph, the author writes “Even as an adult I can still see two sides of my face and past. I can see from the inside out, in freedom. And I can see from the outside in, driven by the old voices of childhood and lost in anger and fear”. In the quote, the author is attempting to define herself from the inside and outside. This is an introduction to the struggle the author faces when trying to understand who she really is. The use of self-definition in this quote paves way for the next paragraph of self-definition when she directly states “I am racially Japanese” and other supporting paragraphs describing what her identity is. Another component of this essay that
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Tong 2 is characteristic of expressive writing is the integration of emotional responses. In the following quote, the writer criticizes the passive nature of her parents and grandparents, asking them repeatedly with an angry, emotional tone. “ ’Why did you go into those camps,’ I raged at my parents, frightened by my own inner silence and timidity. ‘Why didn’t you do anything to
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This note was uploaded on 08/17/2011 for the course ENGL 1301 taught by Professor Sergebrethe during the Summer '09 term at Austin Community College.

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