He also assisted as a script coordinator in the production department of 's. This book deserves all the praise and awards it has received. Although I was very interested in many pieces of American literature I was very eager to see what we may be reading and to see what famous authors we may be studying about. He learned to cope with the pain and impersonalize it in order for him to make it through the mental and physical abuses. Pa, a tiny man beset by illness is terrifying, close-minded and banal, but he is also terrified and insightful. This makes you laugh out loud and cry.
Pa beaten and threaten to kill Lac because he refuses to feed the dog. I'd read some reviews and thought it sounded right up my alley - it is the memoir of a Vietnamese refugee growing up in California. As I read, it occurred to me that Pa was largely responsible for the family even getting out alive. Their tattoos, their macho ttitude and outfits; however, even being around these people does not stop Lac to be friends with them due to their acknowledgement of Lac. Additionally, what it means to classify yourself or someone else as a particular race carries social meaning.
My criticism is that the book seems to end abruptly. The first few chapters are strung together beautifully and told as a cohesive story that flows from one into the next. The most popular and idealistic notion is that marriage is a result of the unconditional love of two people wanting to share this union for the rest of their lives, in a long committed way. As a Vietnamese immigration myself, I feel like Lac's experiences live through me because there were a lot of similarities in his memoir compared… 2445 Words 10 Pages Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, a number of demographic, political, and economic changes greatly impacted American culture and society. The memoir of Lac Su is a book of pain, frustration, confusion, drama, tears, and blood of his true stories. With a price on his father's head, Lac, with his family, was forced to immigrate in 1979 to seedy West Los Angeles where squalid living conditions and a cultural fabric that refused to thread them in effectively squashed their American Dream.
Huge events would be described in passing and mundane events described in detail. I feel like a horrible person for saying this because it was a very sad story, but it was just so horribly written that I could barely get through it. The Kingsley Street Gang intimidates Lac; however, their acknowledgement of Lac makes him feel accepted. He wants to be part of white America and the gangster America. The first chapter begins with Lac running through the Vietnamese jungle with his father, sister, and mother.
Despite being so young at the time he had to beat many obstacles such as his father being mentally, and physically abusive. Lac deals with the physical abuse from his father, sexual abuse from a cousin, and the violence and drugs he lives around. Lac also made friends with a boy whose street name is Frog. He compensated the lack of feeling numb; therefore, he took the necessary consequences to feel more alive. I learned so much about misunderstandings in culture and communication.
I much rather, and I did, cry over not knowing how do long division than ask for help. Due to the raising expectations in the educational system, there seems to still be an achievement gap among black children and white children in schools. Frogs older brothers are in a gang called the Kingsley Street Gang. Also, I have friends of different races that often say disturbing comments. Do you think that place town, state, country influences this? Vathanak Heang says that the Cambodian love language is pure comparison and about providing necessities.
Pa expressed his love by spending all day at work to make money for his family. At this age, Lac needs nurture from his father just like any other children waiting for their parents to nurture them. Vietnamese American children living in a heterogeneous U. Summary of Book Main Characters He aches for his father's love and affection through out his whole life. I don't doubt that the guy had that corniness about him, nor that Lac picked up on it in the moment because of his precocious street wisdom.
It was only natural that Lac would try to be a part of the Street Ratz due to the commonalities he had with them and for the acceptance he desperately was searching for. Next, Pa throws Su out in the crowded street to let him feels ashamed even though he insists Pa not to and cries. Lac meets a Vietnamese gang leader. The writing is cinematic, told in fast-paced scenes. He needed the assurance of his father, the love and affection from him; however, he never got it. This can be a humiliating experience for many parents, which is worsened by their lack of knowledge about the English language. I would like to read more about that part of our national and world history.