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Ha Albert Ha Brandon Reilly Asian American Studies 10 19 January 2012 Parenting Through the discourse of the writing, it appears that a particularly important theme throughout Asian American culture is the debate of nature versus nurture. American Son by Brian Ascalon Roley depicts the childhood of two young boys coming to age as one greatly influenced by their surroundings, regardless of their mother’s personality. Though the two children seem at first to be kind, shy, and intelligent to some degree, being surrounded by dubious friends cause them to change for the worse. Especially with the older son, Tomas, becoming more of a “gangster” with his plethora of tattoos, choice of clothes, and classic shaven hairstyle, the younger son, Gabriel, can only follow suit. The mother, Ika, who is altogether quite reserved, shy, and always worrisome, offers neither control nor authority over the two children; thus, this allows the two to be heavily influenced by their surroundings and less so by their DNA. The topic of nature versus nurture becomes evident as both Gabe and Tomas attempt to
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This note was uploaded on 02/03/2012 for the course AS AM 10 121030200 taught by Professor Camacho during the Winter '11 term at UCLA.

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