When Rich Came to Sunday Dinner
Cultural prejudices and stereotypes are not the exclusive property of the majority in a society. Minorities can be equally ethnocentric, as the excerpt in your textbook illustrates. It is taken from The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, a well-known Chinese American writer. The main character, Waverly Jong, has a problem. She wants to marry Richard (Rich) Schields, a loving man who would be a good father to her daughter, Shoshanna. But – like many immigrants – her mother, Lindo, is sceptical of “white” Americans like Rich. But Waverly thinks she may have found a way to overcome her mother’s opposition …
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