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Assimilating into society as a minority citizen is and always has been a tough thing to do. In their stories, Maya Angelou and Amy Tan describe characters of their own ethnicity because they went through what the characters they are writing about are going through. They are essentially telling part of their experience through the characters that they are writing about. There are two choices in dealing with your culture: you can either be ashamed of it or you can embrace it. A win for him meant another win for African Americans, it's gave the blacks hope that one day they will be equal with dominant white community. You should always be pleased with your identity and your race whether society agrees with it or not. Amy realized later in her life that she had been irrational and foolish about being uncomfortable with her ethnicity as a child and now she embraces it. However, every human being should have an open mind about their culture and the cultures of others. These differences seem like a problem when the children are younger, however, when looking back on their lives they realize how much of an impact their fathers have made on them. Britt makes it seem being sloppy is something that is very positive and being messy is very negative. It's the same with sloppy and neat people there's nothing that makes them that way they just are. He says that most women just don't understand sports and most men don't understand cleaning. […it] says a dad is a person that will be there for you. Part of that includes taking on some of the same ideas as the other. Another part of the story is about the amount of "guns in their house and the usage of this weaponry (Vowell). Neither author ever meant to crack some psychological code about the mentality of cleanliness, they just wanted to make their audience laugh. Sarcasm, like in the story “Neat People vs. Sloppy People”, is one way that you can take a look at the subject matter. In conclusion to the question of categorizing neat vs. sloppy it is truly based on the person’s feelings toward the subject and also how you really view yourself. Not much information is provided on either of these authors, however their current professions and accomplishments are known. Suzanne Britt, is presently publishing poems to be put in literary magazines, she has published numerous books and she is currently an english professor at Meredith College in North Carolina and there she supervises The Meredith Herald (Meredith 1). Dave Barry, studied journalism and wrote columns in the past but has recently stopped. In 1988 Barry was a Pulitzer Prize winner for his commentaries and after that he continued to publish articles and essays along with other works (Dave Barry 1). These authors effectively showed that even if a person does not understand their father they will always follow him in the end. This excerpt from the story shows how the entire community was rallying around Louis and if he were to lose the entire black race would lose hope. Joe Louis was almost seen as a savior for the African Americans and by him winning the world title for boxing it gave them a sense of hope and strength. It's always uplifting when one person can raise morale for an entire culture and Joe Louis really changed the way African Americans saw themselves and made them feel equal or superior to "White America". Her mother informs her that even though you wish you were different, you will always be Chinese on the inside. But, as the young girl in "Fish Cheeks" learns there is no shame in being different, but rather, one should have pride in their cultural difference.
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