Who Is Irish

1061 words, 5 pages

Intro Sample...


The grandmother thinks that John should be able to find a job since he is white and a native English speaker and that he should be happy about what he has instead of feeling depressed. On the other hand, in Chinese culture, a daughter is responsible for taking care of her old mother. However, things are sometimes opposite in the United States. Here, mothers often ask their daughters if they can do anything for them. To not do so might be considered as not being supportive. The grandmother works six hours a day as a baby-sitter for the granddaughter. When John is not happy about the grandmother’s talking, and thinks about sending her back to China, Natalie tries to make him stop by telling him that her mother “means to be supportive.” However, the grandmother thinks that she is the one who should be taken care of instead of the one who is supportive.
Besides the cultural gap in the Chinese-American family, there is also a culture gap between the Chinese?American and Irish?American families. John’s family and Natalie’s family hold different points of view on life and family. When John’s family repeated remarks that the granddaughter Sophie “never goes in the sun, still she is that color brown." The grandmother feels offended and says “maybe John is not her father.” John’s family does not mean to offend her with the way they talk, but to the grandmother it is impolite. The grandmother also despises the fact that no one in John’s family works. All of John’s brothers live on welfare. She thinks they could find a job if they tried, but they are just not as hard working as the Chinese. The views within each of the families are also different. John’s mother, Bess, admires the grandmother because she has a daughter and Bess thinks it is fortunate to have a daughter. The grandmother does not feel the same way because “Chinese people don’t think a daughter View More »

Read More

Related Essays on Who Is Irish

  • Canadian Labour History

    1328 words, 6 pages

    Rusty Bitterman's article "Farm Households and Wage Labour in the Northeastern Maritimes in the Early 19th Century" discusses the need for capitalist production to assist in the independent commodity production in this era. In this article, Bitterman focuses on the evolution of wage labour and the working class in regards to the farming families, arguing that wage labour was a necessity in sustaining the farming home. Bitterman's article tries to emphasize how difficult it was for farmers to establish their self-contained agricultural production. There were three distinct types of farming

    View Document »

    Immigrant Workers In Canadian History

    3412 words, 14 pages

    THE CANADIAN HISTORY OF IMMIGRATNT WORKERS Canadian labour history is tainted by hatred, discrimination and fear of immigrant workers and immigration. This stems in part from Government sponsored racism and the capitalistic use of immigration as a means to defy the labour movement. We can start with the stereotyping and discrimination of the Irish in the 1840’s, our first large scale exploitable labour pool and move right through to today’s racial profiling and cultural unacceptance of Arabs and east Indians. Through our history the acceptance of immigrants gradually improve but even today

    View Document »

    Sri Lanka Subcontract Gem Company

    825 words, 4 pages

    Introduction After being designated the Sri Lankan market for our assignment we began in depth research as to what areas of their economy we could exploit. After further examination we decided upon the gem industry as we saw a lot of potential to combine with an Irish company, in this case Waterford Crystal. We chose an Irish company as a result of a rising cost base and lack of raw materials for Gems in Ireland, both of which are not a problem in Sri Lanka. By combining Waterford Crystals expertise and reputation with the natural resources of Gems in Sri Lanka, we found we could exploit the

    View Document »

    The Unattainable Dream

    1339 words, 6 pages

    “Away! Away! For I will fly to thee, not charioted by Bacchus and his pards, but on the viewless wings of Poesy, though the dull brain perplexes and retards: Already with thee! Tender is the night, and haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne, cluster’d around by all her starry Fays; but there is no light, save what from heaven is with the breezes blown through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways.” This is a poem by John Keats called “Ode to a Nightingale” that inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald to come up with the title of this great novel; Tender Is the Night. Fitzgerald’s writing style impacted

    View Document »

    William James

    2187 words, 9 pages

    To completely understand how William James got his start in Psychology, I think must first start with his father. William's father, Henry James Sr., was 1 of 13 children. His parents were Irish immigrants. Henry inherited wealth from his father before his own children were even born. When William was born, Henry and his wife Mary lived in New York City. There, Henry studied theology, philosophy, and mysticism. William James was born in New York City on January 11, 1842, to a deeply religious family. Henry often took the family for extended stays in Europe. He was a very devoted father. He want

    View Document »

    How They Lived

    1651 words, 7 pages

    Russel Sage History 311 Essay Assignment # 1 How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis is an emotional picture book that has and still is shocking middle and upper class Americans . Riis created a sensation when he revealed to the world, combining detailed written descriptions with graphic photographs, the horrific c

    View Document »

    By The End Of The 2nd Half Of The 19 Century Britain Was A Mature Industrial Society And Was Able To Experience Many Of The Benefits Of The Industrial Revolution. Discuss

    3342 words, 14 pages

    By the second half of the nineteenth century Britain was a mature industrial society and was able to experience many of the benefits of the industrial revolution. Discuss. By the end of the nineteenth century, Britain experienced enormous industrial expansion, thereby creating an improvement in the lives of most of its people. The middle classes fare well by the opening of new opportunities in employment, residing, for the most part, in the new suburbs of the industrial cities and towns. They surrounded themselves with the clutter of possessions associated with a new consumer age. There

    View Document »

More Popular Essays

Research help is just moments away!