Who's Irish? Questions and Answers
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In this story of generational conflict, what side of the family does the author sympathize with.  

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In the story "Who's Irish", the narrator tells the story from her own point of view, as first person subjective-limited. An omniscient point of view would entail that the narrator can also access the thoughts and inner emotions of each character, which clearly cannot happen in a first person narrative.

This being said, "Who's Irish" is the personal narrative of a Chinese grandmother who lives with her daughter, her son-in-law, and her granddaughter, Sophie.

The problem of the story is that the narrator cannot understand the way that things operate in this cross-cultural and modern family. For instance, the narrator still holds true the very traditions with which she was raised: spanking children supersedes "negotiation", the man is the head and supporter of the household, children are to be seen and not heard, and women do not need to tolerate the failings or weaknesses of men.


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