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Maxine Hong Kingston was a Chinese immigrant raised in the community of Stockton California Bobby Boucher is the fictional character from The Waterboy who grew up in the backwoods of Louisiana Kingston sees white Americans as ghosts pale threatening and comical specters who speak in an incomprehensible tongue Boucher saw his teammates as threatening and intimidating but also as his key to finally fit into the world he felt he never really fit into Maxine Hong Kingston and the fictional Bobby Boucher are similar in that they both had struggles in trying to fit in and find their respective voices Kingston struggles with her English and tries to fit in with her classmates while Boucher adjusts to playing football and tries to fit in with his teammates Both succeed in their respective ways but in the end find their own voice and break away from the silence The first of the similarities being that they both come from different backgrounds than their respective peers Kingston comes from a Chinese background where tradition and values are different than those of her white American classmates Boucher grew up in the backwoods of Louisiana with his mother home schooled and never had any real interaction with children his own age They both talk with their own accents In The Language of Silence Kingston says the way Chinese sounds ching-chong ugly to American ears not beautiful like Japanese sayonara words with the consonants and vowels as regular as Italian Boucher talks in the old-fashioned redneck hee-haw accent that we have all grown to know and imitate whenever we see something country related But it is their struggle that links them together and makes their stories similar Kingston is intimidated by her fellow classmates in her struggle to grasp the English language while Boucher is intimidated by his fellow teammates as he struggles to learn how to grasp the game of football just so he can finally be accepted
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