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This essay explores the proccess of assimilating into the American society after a famiy moves to the USA from China in In The American Society by Gish Jen It also explores the irony in the title of the piece In The American Society by Gish Jen is a lurid portrayal of an Asian-American family who immigrated to the United States--addressing both the struggles and fortunes that Americas opportunities have offered the family as they leave their old life in China Now the father must make something of himself and his family in a time when America meant vast possibilities but also being labeled as a foreigner The mother in the story smugly declares But this is the U-S-of-A 542 proclaiming her pride in the opportunities accessible in her new home Though as the family begins to assimilate into the American society they find that while success brings them respect and affluence it may not automatically make them fit into the new culture The title itself is a direct inference to the transformation the family is forced to undergo The first half of the story is suitably entitled His Own Society describing the familys journey towards coming to terms with the American society When the mother is thinking of joining the country club she states Your father doesnt believe in joining the American Society He wants to have his own society 542 This line echoes the ever-present theme in the story of assimilation and the fathers hesitation with adjustment For people who come from cultures that are significantly different from the freethinking America the process of acculturation can be awkward and even caustic In the story the father opens his own pancake house and the family begins to encounter success They then attempt to fit into their new society by buying a station wagon and recliner typical American items Throughout the rest of this first section of the story you see the actual
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