Difficulties of talking to each other hightlighted in American Dragons
Recently I read pages 10 - 25 in American Dragons, by Laurence Yep, and I quite like it because there are many different stories and I can read more different types of stories.
One line from this part of the book that stands out for me is: "Auntie Tsu would have laughed because she had once written to ask whether he had net a nice Chinese girl in New York. And here he was back home with a nice Chinese girl and a baked potato." I think this is quite impressive because Jimmy was really ignored to accept the Chinese culture before. He had a big change and met a Chinese girl in New York. Now, he said "Yahk fahn" in Chinese but before he didn't try to speak any Chinese. We can know how he was affected by his aunt and how big was his change.
Another line that I liked was: "We've got this huge generation gap to deal with, and on top of that we've got a cultural gap too. It really makes a conversation impossible sometimes." This stood out for me because I sometimes feel hard to express myself in English. I am a Chinese and grew up in Hong Kong. It is a bit difficult for me to translate for the words that I use in my daily life into English. My friends and I are sometimes dead air while talking because I can't totally express my thought in English. It is also because of the cultural gap. And I agreed with that conversation between people from different culture are difficult to communicate.
This section of American Dragons reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I went out with a guy and we didn't talk much because I really didn't know much about him at all. And he was not a very talkative guy so we didn't have much conversation throughout the whole afternoon. I feel really embarassed and I regret to date with him. This incident made me refer to this section because I think people in different situations are difficult to talk. It is similar to the story that people have conversation problem in different cultures. But one thing is that I am not as lucky as that girl, Julie in the story. I really had a bad experience.
What's probably going to happen next is there is a start of a new story. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this book because two of the previous stories I have read made me think of some experiences I had before. It makes me feel sympathy and lead me read more about this book.