around. Each of us has a different speaking style, behavior, eating pattern, sense of value even in the same race, religion, and even region. The components that make one’s history could be our own culture, a habit, or an event. Whatever it is, it is like a tattoo. Once you get it, it’s hard to erase. Culture has a similar sense of aroma. Each of us can see, smell its aroma, and feel it, even desire to be shown out or not.
In the article, "The Struggle to Be an All-American Girl" written by Elizabeth Wong, the author unwillingly accepted her mother’s demand to attend Chinese school and learn Chinese culture. There is no way to avoid. Even though she went to classes every day, she could not open her mind to Chinese culture. She just wanted herself to be like other American girls, like Nancy Drew. After a long struggle, Wong was permitted not to go to Chinese classes. And her goal to be one of American girls, became as real as windfall. However when she grows up, she still feels herself as one of Chinese. Culture can not be uprooted.
Also, family is one of the basic components which affect our values and life.
Amy Tan who wrote "Mother Tongue" was a second generation of Chinese immigrant. Her mother was Chinese, and it was hard for her to speak English. Her mother usually had her conversations in “broken” English so Tan always had to speak instead of her mother since she was young. Tan was able to use perfect English, but sometimes she used to recognize herself using “broken” English similar to her mother’s. She was not embarrassed; she accepted and made it as a family intimacy. Finally, she released her novel with her own style, as her mother told "So easy to read" (Tan 46). Her mother, especially with her “broken” English was her biggest influence, and she developed and made it as her strength part of her novel.
Events can easily affect our personalities. Childhood experiences have the most powerful effect when people grow up. They are not only direct...