Rochelle Rodriguez Essay 2.docx - Rodriguez 1 Rochelle Rodriguez Professor Sherry Rosenthal English 102 Sec 1808 20 September 2020 Communication

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Rodriguez 1Rochelle RodriguezProfessor Sherry RosenthalEnglish 102, Sec 180820 September 2020Communication Barriers: The Kitchen God’s WifeThe Kitchen God’s Wife, first published in 1991,is a novel written by the Chinese Ameri-can author, Amy Tan. TheKitchen God’s Wifeprimarily explores the relationship between a Chi-nese-born mother, Winnie Louie, and her American born-daughter, Pearl Louie Brandt. In the story, one finds that Pearl and Winnie have a highly stressed relationship as a result of two main factors; they identify with different cultures, and they are harboring secrets from one another. Winnie, who identifies more closely with the Asian culture, has kept from Pearl that Pearl’s bio-logical father is not who she thinks he is, and Pearl, who more closely identifies with the Ameri-can culture, has kept from her mother that she suffers from multiple sclerosis. As the story pro-gresses, both Winnie and Pearl deal with the pressure of revealing their secrets to one another, which in the end allows them to understand each other in a way that they could not before. In many ways, the communication barriers between Winnie and Pearl in The Kitchen God’s Wife re-flect communication barriers that appear between immigrant parents and their American-born children, barriers which are caused by differences in styles of communication, beliefs, customs, and experiences. In the Kitchen God’s Wife, differences in styles of communication create barriers betweenPearl and Winnie; similarly, such differences lead to barriers between many real-life immigrant parents and their American-born children. In the story, the style of communication used by Win-nie, largely as a consequence of her Asian culture, results in Pearl finding it difficult to commu-

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