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Yamanaka - Tom Lee ID 21846711 Asian American Study R2A...

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Tom Lee ID: 21846711 11/4/2010 Asian American Study R2A Short Response: Yamanaka Saturday Night At The Pahala Theatre Questions: Why is the book a collection of poems? Why does the author uses Pidgin to write this book? What is the meaning of part eight of Tongues? Does Yamanaka mean to use this section to show some resistance from the girls? Is Lucy a symbol of hope? As compared to the other girls, she seems to have a better experience with Willyjo. Overall themes: Yamanaka divides the book into four sections to describe the experiences of four different girls, Kala, Tita, Girly, and Lucy. Through their stories, the author shows how the gender role expectations affect them in ways. Because they are females, they are expected to act like one. The imposed expectations include being obedient toward men, not to voice opinions when men are talking, and be physically attractive but stay virginal. Much of these restrains them rather than give the girls clear guidelines as to how to act and speak. When men are around, the girls are silenced by the overwhelming expectation
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