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How is the theme of multiculturalism represented in A Family Supper and "The Bridegroom?"

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lt1017 | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted August 6, 2013 at 8:36 PM via web

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How is the theme of multiculturalism represented in A Family Supper and "The Bridegroom?"

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 7, 2013 at 1:38 AM (Answer #1)

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Multiculturalism is a theme in both works.  Both works embrace multiculturalism because they seek to give voice to cultural realities that might not be readily understood.  For Ishiguro, the collision of cultural identities in Japan is a significant part of the narrative.  The younger generation in Japanese culture that emerges after the war and the culture that existed before it is a part of this multicultural voice that permeates the work.  The father's pride in love of the samurai blood that exists in his lineage is contrasted with the son's uncertainty of who he is and his place in the world.  Ishiguro's work is multicultural because both elements are a part of modern Japanese identity.  This is explored and revealed to be a part of Japanese culture.  Ishiguro's ability to delve into this reality is where his work embodies the theme and idea of multiculturalism.

Ha Jin's work embraces multiculturalism because of the many different cultural valences explored in the work.  Within Communist China and the secrecy that is so much a part of the culture, Ha Jin is able to explore the nuances of sexual identity, marriage, and the role appearances play in both.  Multiculturalism is a part of this work because it gives voice to a condition that is silent, something that few know.  The ability to illuminate voice to something that was previously silent is an incredibly important part of multiculturalism. This is intrinsic to "The Bridegroom."

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