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Nguyen 1Huong NguyenProfessor Thomson MinaEnglish 1302 - 20052Sep 29, 2016I Don’t Like You!Gish Jen points out in her short story “Who’s Irish” the struggle between an elderly Chi-nese immigrant and her Americanized daughter, Natalie, during taking care of her half Irish, three-year-old granddaughter named Sophie. Sophie looks mostly Chinese; however, no Chinese girl persists the same as Sophie. The grandmother believes a disciplining parent should strike while the iron is hot; therefore, she asks Natalie to spank Sophie in order to force her not taking off her clothes or walking around with barefoot in a park. Unlike her mother, Natalie concludes spanking would adversely affect a child's self-esteem, and she does not allow her to teach Sophiein that way. The daughter, Sophie, still disregards her grandmother’s intimidation, until Sophie isspanked and turned into an obedient girl. Nevertheless, one day, Sophie kicks a woman; immedi-ately, her grandmother spanks and asks Sophie to apologize. Another day, Sophie hides in the foxhole and throws a shovel full of sand at grandmother. She laughs instead of either coming out or saying sorry. While the grandmother uses a stick to poke her out the hole, Sophie's par-ent come and see the grandmother's action what they could not accept. Finally, Sophie exits the hole with bruised skin and a swollen-up eye. An argument occurs to lead to the grandmother hav-ing to move out of her daughter’s house and ends up becoming a permanent resident at Bess’s house, who is Natalie’s mother-in-law.I confirm that the finality of the short story “Who’s Irish” ends unhappily just like real-
Nguyen 2life situations. Generally, “Who’s Irish” leads me to admit that dissatisfaction and punishing chil-dren while raising them can negatively affect the peace of a family.

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