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Chinese Cinderella Essay

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Cultural experience can influence a person’s perspective, view and change in the world. In the book, Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah, it is shown and proven that culture affects a person’s society, decisions, and human perspective. Adeline’s life is shaped around the Chinese culture she lives by that is enforced by her stepmother while being restricted of freedom and influenced by outside cultures, such as her classmates.

Culture can be an influence by making the decisions you make, or, in Adeline’s case, made for you. Adeline is not able to have the freedom that normal people have because of the culture she lives by. The freedom that her classmates have is different from Adeline, making her the odd one out. Thus, her classmates were silenced by the realization of Adeline’s family culture, after witnessing the truth. Importantly, she is not allowed to attend college because her culture forbids her to. The reason being that she is a girl and only her brothers went to college, while her sister was married off. Adeline was afraid that she was also going to be married off and not receive an education like her brother. It is stated in the book, a letter written by Adeline to her parents: “‘May I please accompany him? I do so yearn to go to college. I have skipped two grades in the last three years and I am still at the top of the class. I know I’m only a girl and don’t deserve it, but will you please be so kind?’”

Culture can also influence a person’s social or interactions with other people of a different culture. In the book, Adeline is elected class president and her friends/classmates decides to follow her home to surprise her and congratulate her. Although, Adeline’s family orders her to make them leave and her family is shown to her classmates as they heard Adeline’s stepmother yelling. The cultures of the classmates...

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