The novel of Gish Jen "typical American" is a kind of guide to life in American multicultural society. In her novel, the author raises the question of ethnic minorities, who live in the United States. Talking about the typical American, Gish Jen has in mind of Italians, Japanese, Jewish, Chinese, and many other representatives of different nationalities who live in the United States and have American citizenship.
The name of the novel fully reveals the main idea of the work and clearly describes not only the position of ethnic minorities in America, but also highlights the perception of the Americans themselves. It is worth noting that the main characters of the novel are often use the "typical American" expression in order to describe not the best character traits of the US population and the national consciousness.
A significant role in the novel is played by an erroneous perception of the United States by other nationalities. People all over the world strive to get to America and settle down there. Tired of their hard life at home, they are seeing in the US is a paradise, where they will be able to achieve any heights and realize their fondest dreams. But the reality is not so simple...
For example, the family of Helen and Ralph Chang, who moved to America in search of a better life, faced with the death of their loved one. For them, this situation seems absurd and unreal, because the United States is a paradise.
The idea of US idealization is brightly expressed in terms of another hero, Yifeng, who is struggling to escape from China and go to university in America. It is worth noting that the image of an American expresses through Cammy faced by Yifeng. He is described by the author as a perfect man who refers to foreigners rather arrogant, not perceiving them as a person.
Each character created by Gish Jen, in its own way embodies the idea of the typical American. Some point to the fact that American society is full of representatives of different cultures who came to the US in search of a better life. Others emphasize the superiority of the American nation or its haughtiness and arrogance, the desire to be the best in everything.
The author's style captivates the reader from the first lines. It would seem that the book does not describe any of exciting adventures and inspiring love story, but here we can see the modern, and most importantly the real picture of our society. Gish Jen reveals the psychology and mentality of Americans and immigrants.
The novel of Gish Jen "typical American" is a kind of guide to life in American multicultural society. In her novel, the author raises the question of ethnic minorities, who live in the United States.