Amy Tan Fish Cheeks

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"Fish Cheeks" by Amy Tan is a story about how Tan struggled to except her Chinese culture while living in America. At the beginning of the story, she draws the reader in by using the popular approach of romance by saying, "I feel in love with the minister's son the winter I turned fourteen."(110) She explains her feeling about the ministers son and how she longs to be like other American girls. She leads the reader to believe that she is very uncontent with her looks and is not very accepting of herself. The reader can tell she is ashamed of her Chinese culture when she states, "When I found out that my parents had invited the ministers family over for Christmas Eve dinner, I cried. What would Robert think of our shabby Chinese Christmas?"(110)

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