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The One-Dimensional Portrayal of the Immigrant Mother in Nothing but the Truth (and Some White Lies)

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The One-Dimensional Portrayal of the Immigrant Mother nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies) Justina Chen Headley investigates in her book Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies) that the search for her protagonist's own identity, Patty Ho, which can be part Taiwanese, part American woman. Headley shows the mum because a one-dimensional parent who is holding onto conservative and traditional Taiwanese values, and so is imposing her cultural values onto her daughter for a justification for her rigorous parenting style. Headley chooses to allow Patty Ho talk at a first-person view. Yokota says that "an inside perspective is the portrayal of a cultural category by a person who is a member of the group and is more inclined to give to give an authentic view of what members of the cultural category believe to be true about themselves" (Yokata 158). Patty is part her and Asian non-present dad is American. Patty's mom is educated daily by her daughter's American looks and height her daughter isn't completely Asian and she compensates this with being overly restrictive towards Patty. The stereotype of the restrictive Asian mother is reinforced nearly throughout the whole book. It starts in the first chapter when Patty's mother takes her to an Asian grandmother that reads her future through her belly button, and predicts that the 15-year-old daughter will date a white boy, whereas Mom's plans are for her to not date until college and to marry a rich Taiwanese doctor, and if he's unavailable, then a rich Taiwanese businessman would suffice. The protagonist's comment to the belly button reading is "I want to be white" (Headley 5). Instead, she refers to her mixed racial heritage as "hapa", a term that has derogatory connotations and m.. .

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