Summary Of Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

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In "Mother Tongue", a short personal essay written by Amy Tan, the writer reveals the longstanding humiliation she underwent at the hands of her mother's limited English. The essay describes Tan's formative years as the daughter of two immigrant parents and she writes that she "grew up with two Englishes - American English and Chinese-English" (Tan 11). She reviews the conflicts her mother experienced as a woman with restrictive language skills, yet she explains the eloquence of her mother's tongue and how it inspired her to write The Joy Luck Club. Tan presents her mother's negative traits through personal childhood accounts and provided her mother's positive traits through explanations of her mother's later impact. Tan details her embarrassing

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