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Alice Walker and Amy Tan are authors who base much of their writings on their cultural heritage Their stories are different because Walkers characters struggle due to their heritage while Tanscharacter benefits from it Alice Walker was born in 1944 in Eatonton GA The youngest of eight children her parents were sharecroppers and dairy farmers Because of an accident that left her disfigured and blind she felt that she was ugly and scary to look at so she spent most of her time alone writing poems and stories Amy Tan was born in 1952 in Oakland California Her father was educated in Beijing and immigrated to America in 1947 and her mother forced to leave behind three children from a previous marriage immigrated to the US in 1949 shortly after the Communists took control of China In her story Everyday Use Alice Walker serves as the narrator who describes how the family struggles because of their cultural heritage Walkers character grew up in the country on a farm and now has two daughters Maggie and Dee The story opens as the Mother and Maggie await a visit from Dee and her fiance or husband the narrator is not sure which Dee who does not approve of her Mothers lifestyle has gone on to college Maggie who is home with the narrator is not very bright and is scarred from a house fire Like good looks and money quickness passed her by is how she is described by her mother The Mother is surprised when Dee arrives wearing a dress so loud it hurts my eyes Dee tells them that she has changed her name to Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo because I couldnt bear it any longer being named after the people who oppress me Dees friend also has a changed name and the mother calls him Hakim-a-barber Because he is a Muslim he will not eat the pork that the mother cooked
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