What is Gish Jen’s primary message about American society in the story?

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In the American Society” has as its primary concern the question of identity. It explores, through the experiences of the Chang family, the awkward transition from one’s homeland to American society, which is composed of many millions of people.

All of the members of the family themselves seem to be aware of the need to fit more completely into their new country, except for Ralph Chang (doubtless not his real first name), the...

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