Multiple Culture Identity Comparison of Two Stories

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The hardships of Chinese immigrants are envisaged in the most peculiar way. Brave We Are discusses another form of cultural identity in which a mother tries to keep her Pakistani culture alive in America. In doing so she does not become rigid so that her children adapt themselves to the country they are living in. By doing so she makes sure they do not get totally free from their cultural identity. Her son investigates the word hybrid. this makes a series of events to unchain. Dealing with the identity crisis in this story reveals the amount of difficulty a mother goes through. Language, code of conduct, the way of thinking, and interpretation of things all play a major role in making the cultural identity. When a human being shifted from one country to another, he displaces his cultural identity. He has to adjust to the new environment so that he does not look like an alien. In adjusting to the new society, it becomes difficult for him to keep both ends of his identity together. This is where identity crisis comes in. the person who learns to deal with the problems in the correct way and has creates an equilibrium of personality. According to Lafromboise, Coleman, and Gerton (1993, pp. 395), it is not necessary that people who live in two cultures always suffer. Control over personal, communal and economic expectations brings about a balance in the life of a marginal person. Both stories under consideration show the alien identity crisis with equal emphasis but in different nature. For example, Manchin was pushed to the level that he became suicidal whereas Kasim or his mother was not affected by the level of giving up their lives. However, the amount of problems they get because of identity crisis is the same.