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“Everyone Talked Loudly in Chinatown” Literary Response​

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 班级:荣周班       作者:徐曼珂

In the short story “Everyone Talked Loudly in Chinatown” by Anne Jew, Lin, the narrator, is separated from her culture owing to the facts that the phenomena of Chinatown has sent her misleading messages about Chinese culture , the feeling of staying with western friends has made her feel more comfortable, and the parenting of her father has aroused her will to oppose. To begin with, the most direct way for Lin to perceive Chinese culture is through observing Chinatown. In the short story, the author states, “While we shopped we would......It seemed uncivilized......while they played mah jong”(Jew, 4). For a Canadian-Chinese who grows up in a western environment, Chinatown and the people in it, have been the most direct representation for Chinese culture. In Chinatown, everyone talked loudly and waved their arms frequently as though this is how the Chinese interact and socialize normally. Consequently, Lin naturally assumes that this is a part of Chinese culture. However, the phenomena in Chinatown seems uncivilized and not understandable to Lin. In addition, Lin chooses to stay with friends who are not Chinese as she starts to grow up. In the short story, the author mentions, “But as I started to grow up, I stopped going to Chinatown with her, where is was too loud...... I started to play with friends who weren’t loud and who weren’t Chinese”(Jew, 4) . Lin’s observation of Chinatown at her early age makes her conclude that Chinatown is a place of loudness, and Chinese people are very loud. The fact that Lin stops going to Chinatown and staying with friends who are not loud and who are not Chinese shows that Lin apparently feels more comfortable avoiding from Chinese environment. Lastly, Lin is against with her father’s way of parenting. In the short story, the author states, “His eyes wide with anger and slaps me on the face. Automatically I slap him back. He is stunned and I take the opportunity to run into my room”(Jew, 5). Dating a white boy is not supposed to be a big deal, but Lin’s father slaps her instead of talking to her. According to the story, Lin’s father is a typical and conventional Chinese parent who is rigorous and not open-minded. The fact that Lin slaps his father back shows that she is against with her father’s way of parenting. To sum up, Lin is apart from her culture because the phenomena of Chinatown has sent her misleading messages about Chinese culture , the feeling of staying with western friends has made her feel more comfortable, and the parenting of her father has aroused her will to oppose.