Lams mother tried to get him to talk in Vietnamese but he saw no use in

Lams mother tried to get him to talk in vietnamese

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Even though she lived in America for many years she did not let the tradition expire. Lam’s mother tried to get him to talk in Vietnamese but he saw no use in speaking the language in America. This is reinforced in the story were it is explained that “In America, however, I became rebellious, distant. And once Mother asked me to speak more Vietnamese inside the house. "No," I answered in English, curtly. "What good is it to speak it, Mom? It's not as if I'm going to use it after I move out.”(Lam) Lam on the other hand did not feel comfortable with the traditions that would make him different or stand out more. He was the black sheep of the family compared to the others who embraced their culture. After Lam’s mother passed away, a deeper connection to his past made him light the incense to please her. Lam explains that [ ” these days, in front of the family altar with all those faded photos of the dead staring down at me, I often feel oddly removed, as if staring not at the present, but a relic of my distant past. And when, upon my mother's insistence, I light incense, I do not feel as if I am participating in a living tradition so much as pleasing my traditional mother.”(Lam)] The author is using otherness to explain that once you move somewhere totally different it is hard to keep the traditions alive and pass it on to the next generation. American culture is based on getting a good education so you can get a good job and start a family. It is easy to lose your old traditions and learn and discovery the new exciting traditions that Lam became accustomed to in America, explaining that there is
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