Mother Tongue

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In Amy Tan’s essay “Mother Tongue,” we see how Tan’s mother is often not respected because of her spoken language, and how Tan has to step in, even as a teenager, to speak for her mother. What impact do you see that this experience has on Tan’s sense of identity and how she approaches everything, from taking the SAT to her career as a writer? Be sure to use examples from the text to support your argument.

Additionally, reading personal narratives like “Mother Tongue” can also help promote empathy in readers, probably because the writers of these stories are often their own likable characters. Do you have any new understanding after reading this essay? If so, what is it? Do you take any bigger lessons from “Mother Tongue,” especially in light of our country’s current debate on immigration?

Your forum assignment has two parts:

1. Please start a new thread and enter your response. I’m looking for at least one substantial paragraph here. Remember, our regular forum discussions are both our class discussion and our in-class writing assignments. Once you post your initial thread, you will be able to see what your classmates have written.


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