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Gish Jens Typical American - To what extend did Ralph Chang become a typical American According to the dictionary If something is typical it shows all the characteristics that you would expect from a stated person thing or group Something which is typical might also show all the bad characteristics that you expect from someone or something often in a way that is annoying Dictionary Ralph Theresa and Helen the main characters of Gish Jens novel Typical American came to America to seek the American Dream They were convinced that everyone in the US had a chance to become happy rich and successful if they worked hard They yearned for being Americanized however there was not their desire to become typical Americans In their perception a termtypical American had a pejorative meaning Typical American no-good typical American dont-know-how-to-get-along typical American just-want-to-be-the-center-of-things typical American no-morals typical American use-brute-force Typical American 67 In my opinion all of them followed the myth of the American Dream and became to some extend typical Americans When Ralph came to the US he certainly was a Chinese He did not understand the Americans he did not have an English name He asked the secretary of the Foreign Student Affairs to give him the name Ralph she said finally She wrote it down R-A-L-P-H Do you like it Sure He beamed Typical American 11 The American name was the first step to his Americanization Even though Ralf came to America to study engineering and was supposed to return to China afterwords things went differently When in 1948 China collapsed and the Nationalists were fighting the Communists Ralph was not allowed to go back there However he was not really sure if he would like to go back He wondered if he would have gone back if he could have He wished he knew that
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