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I thought of my father when I read the essay White Tigers in Across Culture Though Maxine and I are both girl we were both treated differently by a parent in the Asian culture Our relationship between my father and between Maxine and her mother from White Tigers p20-25 are in complete contrast Maxine was rejected by her mother because she was a girl Maxines mother had old traditional way of thinking and said Theres no profit in raising girls Better to raise geese than girls20 In fact she favored boys in the family My mother passed away at her early age and left my father to raise six girls and four boys My father who were liberal minded and opposed the favoritism of sons over daughters accepted each of us and loved us as we are My father would encourage and congratulate me whenever I got straight As at school At times I almost cried to see how happy and proud my father was about my achievement For example he would be delighted to show my name on the Deans list to everyone and said look my daughters name here as he was excited so he spelled my name out for everyone J-O-A-N Did you see it In contrast Maxine was so disappointed because whenever she got straight As at school her mother just made discouraging remarks like You cant eat straight As20 and also thought that she was getting straight As for the good of her future husbands family not her own21 Instead of calling me Bad girl20 as Maxines mother did --though Maxine hadnt done anything wrong except screaming or breaking dishes to object to her mothers unfair treatment-- he always called me Ut cung sweetie in Vietnamese and praise me for whatever I did I think he probably spoiled me sometimes While my father always was happy to
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