Paper Angels - Lee 1 Tom Lee Professor Leong Asian American...

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Lee 1 Tom Lee Professor Leong Asian American Study R2A 21 September 2010 Paper Angels Objective of the play: to honor the people who endured the hardships of immigration, the emotional suffering that accompanied, and the racism during the early immigration era. What effectively advances the objective? -The actors used imagery provoking lines to effectively convey the pain and unfairness toward Asians immigrants during that time. Example 1: “I have a daughter. She is the most precious thing I have… If any damn Chinaman dares to lay a hand on my daughter, I will cut off his balls.” .This shows the racism Asian Americans at that time suffered and the white people’s resentment toward Asians. Example 2: “I have had enough of this. They tell us to eat, we eat. They tell us to get up, we get up… I am ashamed of myself, ashamed of being born Chinese.” .This line shows lack of freedom, racism, unfairness, and emotional suffering the immigrants had gone through while waiting on Angel Island. Example 3: “You think you can hide your yellow skin in those western cloths? You are still Chinese to those white demons.” .Although it was Fong who said this, the message was true: Chinese immigrants experienced discrimination and had trouble to assimilate into the main stream society even if they were legally permitted to stay in the United States.
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This note was uploaded on 02/11/2012 for the course ENGLISH R1A taught by Professor Meganpugh during the Spring '09 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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