Please comment on the book you have been reading about another culture in a well-developed paragraph. Remember to include the title, author, setting, and two cultural differences/traditions that you have observed in the book. Use present tense verbs and comment on your overall impression.
I chose to read a book called Ties that Bind, Ties that Break. The story takes place in Nanjiing, China. Ailin Tao, the main character is brought up during the revolution of China. Women during this time have their feet bound at a young age. Ailin, however, refuses to have her feet bound. She wants an education. Her uncle finds this appauling and thinks it is a disgrace to the Tao name. In China, women recieve no formal education, are expected to have their feet bound, and have marriages arranged to strangers as young as four years old. In America things are much different. Even during that time in America women had rights to an education. No woman here was asked to have bound feet, and were able to fall in love and marry. Personally, this book to me is incredible. A story of a young girl looking for change, staying strong, and perservering to her dream is magical. I would recomend anyone read Ties that Bind, Ties that Break.
The book, No Turning Back, by Berverly Naidoo, is about an African American boy who lives in South Africa. His home life is unbearable. Twelve-year-old Sipho runs away to Johannesburg where gangs of children live on the streets. Sipho's mother seeks out to find him but when she does he doesn't come home with her. She has her eyes filled with tears asking if Sipho would come see them as she sets him free.This book teaches that South Africa is very different from America because Africa is the most openly racist country in the world. Africa's government can bulldoze their homes at any moment. I think this book is a wonderful way to teach readers about South Africa and that some people's lives are better than others so don't take your home life for granted.
The book I have read is Soldier X by Don Wulffson. The book is about a 16 year old Russian boy who has been raised as a German his entire life, now he faces the terror of fighting in Hitler's army against his own. His name is Erik Brandt. He was originaly trained as a Russian interpreter for the German's, but now he has been sent to the front line. If who he was, was discovered he would be killed. Playing dead would not even save young Erik. The onl way to survive is to kill.
How to Salsa in Sariby Dona Sarkartakes place in New York during todays time. Cat Morena is the Latina gurl who puts the B in bad. She is the gurl all the boys love, but the other gurls hate. Issa Mazumder is this nice little in indian gurl who loves her culture but her and cat morena cannot get along. Then Issa Mom starts to date cats dad and the cultures collide. Cat doesnt want to accept the Indian gods and Issa doestn want to accept the Latina party girl feeling. Issa seems to get fed up and and tells cat she better learn how to salsa in a sari.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker is a collection of letters to God from the narrator and protagonist, Celie. Celie is a black, 14 year old, living in rural Georgia in what is believed to be 1930-1940. Celie's mother passed away early on, therefore forcing Celie to stay with her poor, uneducated, and extremely abusive father. Celie's father has raped her repeatedly and impregnated her twice; taking both children. Alphonso, Celie's father, killed the first baby, a boy, in the woods and sold the second baby, a girl, to a rich family in town. Alphonso often refers to Celie as the "ugly one". Celie has a younger sister Nettie, who Alphonso refers to as the "prettier one". Nettie is in love and wants become married to a man who they refer to as Mr.______, but Alphonso won't allow her to marry because of her beauty. He says she is too pretty and too smart and she can find someone better to marry. Alphonso offers Celie, the ugly daughter, to the man Nettie wants to marry. After many months, Mr.______ takes the offer. Mr.______ and Celie later marry. This story just tells a twisted tale of heartache and pain of an abused child and who is desperately trying to escape her lifestyle and save her sisters and brothers from a terrible, abusive life. Celie's culture is so different from ours. She is forced to work in the fields, day in and day out. She is violently abused and raped by her father and husband. She is not willing to get help from outside forces because her father warned her by saying, "better not never tell nobody but God." In my culture the men are respectful and educated. Men never abuse or force woment to do hard labor. It is horrible that people in different cultures have so many hardships to overcome in their lifetime. I'm so pleased that I don't have the hardships to overcome that Celie and Nettie had to.
Before We Were Free My book is called Before We Were Free, the author of is Julia Alvarez. THis book is a great way of learning about the Dominican's way of life in the 60's. The settings take place in Dominican Republic on Anita's Compound. The culture is much different from mine because they celebrate Quiencieras which are Sweet Fifteen. Which we celebrate Sweet Sixteen. Also in their neighborhood it's mostly their family that live around them. In our neighborhoods it's mostly people we don't know, but we get to know them. In such amazing book I think it's a wounderful book to read to understand what happened in other cultures in the 1960's.
The Meaning of Consuelo, written by Judith Ortiz Cofer, takes place in the island of Puerto Rico. It tells the life story of Consuelo, a Puerto Rican girl, while she is growing, dealing with conflicts, and adjusting to new American influences of the 1950's. Consuelo is always being compared to her younger sister, the fun and out going child. Her family is into the cultural aspects of the island but the culture is slowly slipping away with all of the new technology. In this culture, as the children get older they acquire special privileges that we find ordinary. Consuelo's mother likes to pick sugar cane from fields growing on the side of the road but her father won't allow them to eat anything that is not processed. When all of the children get chicken pox, they are kept in a room until they are better. The island is full of curvy roads that take you all around the island but due to the American influence, a new highway is going to be built across the island to make it easier for tourists, or turistas, to travel. Some of the situations are hard to understand because they are so different from our culture. I find the book an interesting learning experience.
SoldPatricia McCormick Lakshmi is a thirteen year old girl that lives in the mountains of Nepal. Her family is poor and barely making it. They have to trade their household items to get water just to survive. After the Himalayan monsoon washed away their crops, her stepfather sends her away to work so she can support the family. She is sent away to the "Happiness House" in India. Upon her arrival she realized she was sold into prostitution. Lakshmi must stay there until her family's debt is paid off. Mumtaz, the caretaker of the "Happiness House" makes it hard for Lakshmi to get money so she will have to stay there in the house longer. In the house she makes friends that help her to survive in the horrible new world. Sold is an informational novel about the lives of young girls in Nepal. This novel will make you realize how good our lives are and to not take life for granted. This is a great novel for young teenage girls to read.
I read the book called Soldier X by Don WulffsonIt is about a sixteen-year-old boy, Erik. He is half German and half Russian. Erik is a German soldier who has to fight the Russians in 1943. While in battle he gets stuck behind enemy lines after a tank falls on him. He has to switch uniforms to stay alive. When he is a ?Russian? soldier he is brought to a hospital and falls in love with one of its nurses, Tamara. In the hospital one of the patients names him X. While the Germans are bombing the hospital Tamara and X are one of the only individuals who got away alive. On the way to freedom they run into many hard times. Erik became a social studies teacher and is now retired in America. In battle X loses one arm and gets many scares on his body. He and Tamara got married and name their kids Hals, Nikolai, and Katerina Elena after their friends that they have lost in the war.
Julia Alvarez'sBefore we were freetakes place on 12 year old Anita's compound in the Dominican Republic.Anita is a girl who is quiet and shy at school but considered a "Corrita"(talking bird)at home. Seeing her cousin/best friend move away to New York along with other family members, pops a lot of questions in her head. In the end Anita discovers that her family is involved in the underground movement to end the bloody rule of the dictator, General Trujillo. Their are a lot of differences between my dominant culture and Anita's Dominican culture. In Anita's culture they live on compounds, which are made up of different family members that surround them. In my culture we live in subdivision or apartments, which have friends and maybe one or two relatives that surround us. Anita's culture also celebrates a young girls 15th birthday. The Dominican/latinos really get into this celebration. In my culture we celebrate a girls 16th birthday.
Sold by Patricia McCormick is set in the mountains of Nepal. In this story a girl named Lakshmi and her family are very poor. Sometimes she has to go weeks without food, while her stepfather gambles the little money they have away. That doesn't seem to be enough for him. He decides to sell Lakshmi as a maid to a place they call "Happiness House", for extra cash. She goes through a long journey to the city and is resold. Lakshmi ends in a house where she has to sell her body to pay off her families debit. In this house she makes friends, but also has to deal with a cruel caretaker who makes it almost impossible for her to survive. This is a great book for women to read to be grateful for their lives and understand women's lives in other cultures.
Twilight in DelhiBy Ahmed AliTwilight in Delhi takes place in Delhi, India in 1857. The book starts off after the War of Independence from the English. The result is a decaying city with poor people. The gap between rich and poor is dreadfully large. The main character in the book is named Asghar. He is a Muslim Indian man. Asghar grew up in the upper class. In his culture many are not in the upper class. He lives in a fairly large house, owns land, owns shops, and owns messaging pigeons. In his culture, there are a lot of homeless people. They beg and they beg. The homeless are all over town and sometimes come to their houses for money. Asghar gives a little bit of money to a homeless person everyday. Once he does or some one else does, the homeless people thank you and bless God. Since Asghar is in the upper class, he must marry in the upper class as well. He is a good looking man that flirts and falls in love with many women. He wishes to marry, but in his adventures for true love and marriage, he cannot seal the deal. Even though Asghar is fairly wealthy, Asghar has not found true love yet.
The book I chose was called The Revenge of the Forty-Seven Samurai by Erik C. Haugaard. In the days the shogun ruled Japan, two hundred samurai suffered a grave insult when their master met an unjust death. Forty-seven of them were courageous enough to avenge him. A lowly servant to one of the brave samurai is Jiro, who calls himself a "fly on the wall." Choosen as his master's unlikely spy during the planning of the great revenge, Jiro must know when to talk and when to listen lest he lose his head to a Samurai testing the sharpness of his sword. As Jiro plays his small part in the plan of the forty-seven samurai, he searches for his own identity in the barbaric society of feudal Japan. All in all, I thought this book taught the ways of the samurais, their servants, and it showed a great section in Japanese history.
In The Break by Jack Lopez. The story takes place on a Sunday morning when Juan's bestfriend Jamie has a big fight with his stepfather and went over to Juan's house. The three of them Juan, Jamie and Jamie's sister head south to Mexico until things in town decide to settle down. Along there way they want to search for the perfect wave to surf. There was a problem surfing around older guys because they thought you were suppose to cut them some slack.
Sade, Dustin, Ria, Tim, Brandy, Jeremiah, KacieYour entries read like book jackets. Please read the assignment to share examples of cultural differences. Elissa and Sade-Proofread!!!
I chose to read the book Sold by Patricia McCormick. Lakshmi, the main character, lives in the mountains of Nepal along with her family. Her family is very poor and have to work very hard just to get a tin roof for their home. Since no one in the family is working, Lakshmi must work to pay the family’s debts. Her stepfather then decides to sell her to a pure stranger who then sells her into prostitution. She lives there in the “Happiness House” until she makes enough money for the family. In America young girls are not sold into working for their family, education comes first. This book shows us American teenage girls what other cultures may have to endure. Sold makes you appreciate how life is in the Americas.
The Poisonwood BibleBarbara KingsolverThe Poisonwood Bible is a story that takes place mainly in Belgian Congo; which is a place in Africa. The main characters are Orleanna Price and her four daughters Rachel, Leah, Adah, and Ruth May, and Orleanna’s husband, Nathan. At first everyone arrives in Congo. They make the decision to stay in Congo and face the threats of the new Independence. The villagers started a strong resentment toward the Prices. Leah made a decision to participate in the hunt. As the story goes on, Ruth May dies. Orleanna and her remaining daughters leave Nathan and seek out rescue from their sins that they have committed. Leah turns toward the path of political ideals and civilized suffering. Adah goes to the path of science; Rachel follows her own rules to fit her own pleasure. Orleanna is left alone and feels a lot of guilt for herself and what her family has done.My ThoughtsAfter reading this book, I felt as though I didn’t really see any differences from her family’s issues and what goes on with today’s families. Any other mother would feel the same way if all of her daughters wanted to turn away from her. I could really relate to this book from past experiences and struggles.
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