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What does the narrator's view reveal about cultural differences?

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The narrator is Chinese and is living with her daughter in America. Her daughter has married an Irish man, and they have a daughter together. The tension between the married couple and the narrator is likely as generational as cultural, but living together proves to be too much in the end.

The grandmother sees her granddaughter's "wild" tendencies as being particularly Irish, feeling that her "nice" Chinese genes are being "swallowed up" by her wild Irish genes. Sophie insists on running around naked, much to the grandmother's horror. She blames this on a lenient babysitter named Amy who taught Sophie that it was okay to do so. The narrator says that Amy was too "creative," which is not something Chinese people ever value, according to...

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