Acceptance v. Alienation
The Color war has been going on in America since that pilgrims came over on the Mayflower. It is an on going battle that will never be solved. “Champion of the World” by Maya Angelou and “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan are both stories where they feel alienated because of their race. Both of these stories display alienation because they try to represent their race, it shows how important thing are for them, and heritage.
In Angelou’s story they are trying to represent their race through boxing. A black man Joe Lewis holds is defending his heavyweight champion of the world. “It was our people falling. It was another lynching, yet another Black man hanging on a tree. One more women ambushed and raped. A Black boy whipped and maimed” (Angelou 87). All the blacks in the Store were counting on Joe Lewis to represent them well by keeping the heavyweight title belt.
In “Fish Cheeks” Tan wants her family to represent the Chinese people well when her parents invite the minister’s family over for dinner. She has a crush on the minister’s son Robert and wants to impress him. “My relatives licked the ends of their chopsticks and reach across the table, dipping them into the dozen or so plates of food” (Tan 92). This embarrasses Tan in front of Robert and she is embarrassed by her family.
“The winnah, and still heavyweight champeen of the world…Joe Louis,” People started drinking Coca-Colas and candy bars (Angelou 88). After Louis wins the fight the blacks start to celebrate because this is just another battle won in the war of color. This displays that sports is what they think is an important key in not feeling alienated from the other races. In this time period that “Champion of the World” was set in the blacks were still discriminated against a lot and for a black man to beat a whit man at boxing was a big feet for the black community.
Tan tries thinks that her family will embarrass her in front of the minister’s family by just acting like they...