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首页 《rice》by Mary Loh Chieu Kwuan

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《rice》by Mary Loh Chieu Kwuan

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Realizationofidentityfromconflict,wearebornwithidentitiesWhenwewerejustsmallkids,wewereshapedbyourparentsandgiventheidentitytheycreatedforusItisonlyuntilwegrowupandcomeintocontactwithmodernorforeigncultureandvaluethatouridentityischallengedandthenwestarttosearchforourtrueidentityTheidentitywelookformaynotnecessarilybetotallydifferentfromtheidentityweusedtohaveButthesearchingprocessallowsustorethinkaboutouridentityinthemodernworldInacountrywithhistorysimilartoSingapore’s,itspeoplehaveadeeperunderstandingofthissearchofidentityThisisbecauseSingaporewasaBritishtradingcolonyuntilwhenitjoinedMalaysiaAftertwoyears,SingaporewithdrewfromMalaysiaandbecameindependentUndertheinfluenceofthecomplexhistoryanditsmultiethnicality,theyoungergenerationofSingaporeisconfrontedwiththeconflictbetweenthetraditionalvalueoftheirparentsandthemodernvalueoftheWestAthome,theyarerequiredtofollowthetraditionalvalueinfrontoftheirparentsAtschooloratwork,theyarefacedwiththeWesternvalue,behavior,etcHowever,itisonlyundertheconflictbetweentraditionandWesternizationthatonecanfinallyrealizeshisorhertrueidentityIntheshortstory,writtenbyaSingaporeanMaryLohChieuKwuan,theprotagonistfacesasimilarproblemThefollowingwilldiscusstheconflictmentionedandhowitleadstorealizationofone’strueidentityBeforethediscussionofconflictofidentity,let’stalkaboutthesymbolismofintheshortstoryfirstInatraditionalagriculturalsocietylikeChina,riceisthemainkindoffoodforthegeneralpublicAlthougheatingriceisahabit,peoplewhoarenotrichorareevenpoordonothavemuchchanceofeatingabowlfulofriceassellingriceisalmosttheonlymeansofearningmoneytosupportthefamilyofthesepeopleTherefore,theimportanceoftheordinarylookingriceenablesittorepresentagriculturalsocietyinwhichriceisthemostpopularsourceoffoodEventhoughsomeagriculturalsocietyorcountrieshavenowshiftedtheirfocustosecondaryortertiaryindustry,riceistillusednowadaystosymbolizethetraditionofsocietyorcountriesThus,fromthetitleofRice,weknowthatitisastoryoftraditionandriceinthestoryisassociatedwithtraditionalvalueorpracticeorsimplypastmemoryThestatusofricealsorepresentsthestatusoftradition,itischerishedbythosewhovaluetraditionbut,meanwhile,ignoredordespisedbythosewhoprefermodernorWesternvalueThereareseveraltraditionelementshighlightedinthestoryTobeginwith,weshouldcherishriceThemotherinRiceteachestheprotagonisthowtocookricewhensheisonlytenyearsoldThemothersays,Now,pickoutallthesandandunhuskedriceandifyouseeanylittleblackcrawlingweevils,pickthemoutandsqueezethemtokillthemYouputbothhandsinthepotandrubthegrainsofricegentlybetweenyourhandsNowpouroutthewaterandbecarefulthatnotasinglegrainofricespillswiththewaterRiceisprecious,rememberthatStirittomakesurethatthericedoesnotsticktothebottomofthepotTheprocessofrinsingricegrains,fillingthepotwithwaterandboilingthericeissimplebutthemotherispatientandexplainseverydetailandprecautionofthecookingprocessasifitwasanimportantritualAnothertraditionalvalueisthatmaleissupposedtoearnmoneyforthelivingofhisfamilywhilefemaleissupposedtotakecareofthehouseandherfamilyWhenthefatherandthemotherinRicequarrel,themanexpresseshisangertowardsthefactthathiswifedaretoanswerbackHethinkshiswifeshouldremainsilentwhenhescoldsherbecausetheclothesshewears,theroofoverherheadandthefoodsheeats,everythingshehasowetohimInhistraditionalmind,hiswife,whoisfinanciallydependentonhim,shouldbeobedientThus,hiswifeansweringbackisconsideredaninsulttotheauthoritativestatusofamaninhisfamilyAsforthewife,sheisstillconcernedaboutherhusbandeventhoughshehasjustquarreledwithhimandshehasbeenexpelledfromthehouseStandingundertherain,theexhaustedwifedaresnottoforgetherhusbandSheremembersthathehasnothadriceyetformealSosheasksherdaughter,theprotagonist,togohomeandservethefatherhisriceSincethen,themotherputsmoreeffortintomakingsurethatherhusbanddoesnotgohungrywithoutriceShewouldservehimricebeforeshegoesoutorshewouldhurrybackhometoservehimriceintimeHere,wecanseehowgenderisstereotypedinthemindoftheoldergenerationandhowpeopleacceptitwithoutquestioningBesides,thestoryrevealsthesuperstitiouselementoftraditionalsocietyAsriceisconsideredveryimportantinagriculturalsociety,theoldergenerationmakesupmythorsuperstitiousstufftoscaretheirchildrensothatthechildrendarenotwastethepreciousriceItissaidthatnotasinglegrainistobeleftontheplateorelse,everysinglegrainleftwouldappearasuglymarksonthefaceoftheeventualIntendedThus,beingscaredabouttheirfuturehusband,thechildrenfaithfullycleanoutplatesfornotwantingtomarryanymanwithascarredormarredcomplexionTheyevengenerateguiltyfeelingwhentheydatewithmenwithchronicacneasthatmayberetributionforthatoneplateofricetheyhavenotfinishedParentstryeverymethodtopasstheirtraditionvaluetotheirchildrenTheyevenscaretheirchildrensothatthetraditionvalueisforcedintotheirmindTherefore,wecanseesofarthattheyoungergenerationisimpactedwiththetraditionalvalueoftheirparentssincetheyarestillveryyoungTheirparentsthinkthatbystuffingtraditionintotheirchildren’smind,thechildrenwillimmediatelyacceptthetraditionandarewillingtopassonthetraditionHowever,theyoungergenerationisconstantlyimpactedwiththeWesternvalueandthisleadstotheirbetterunderstandingoftheirownidentityTheWesternizationoftheprotagonistinRiceisillustratedasfollowsFirst,intermsoffood,theprotagonisthasturkeyforChristmasShelovespasta,cheese,breadandsaladHerloveforWesternfoodindicatesthatshehascontactwithWesternsocietyandgraduallyadoptedtheWesterneatinghabitThatiswhyshefindsriceblandandboringSheevenstressesthatshecannottakericetwomealsinarowsherathergohungryHere,sheisevenrejectingthetraditionofhersocietyInadditiontofood,educationalsomakesonethinkmoreabouttraditionAsmentionedabove,parentsliketousesuperstitiontoscaretheirchildreninordertopasstheirtraditionalvalueTheprotagonistiscomfortablewiththesuperstitiousbeliefuntilshegoestouniversityanddoesphilosophySheisinspiredtothinkaboutthevalidityofthisscarybeliefandthelogicofthisundergoessevereexaminationTheprotagonistisabletochallengethenonscientificbeliefwiththehelpofWesternphilosophySheevenquestionswhythisruleneverappliestomenAstheprotagonistisWesterneducated,herworldhasbeeninconstantcontactwithbothWesternvalueaswellasthetraditionalvalueofherparentsThesetwokindsofvaluemayhaveconflictwitheachotherlikethesuperstitiousbeliefcaseintheprecededparagraphThemarriageoftheprotagonistandanEnglishmanisseenasaconflictfromherfather’straditionalpointofviewHerfatherthinksthatWesternersareallkweiloandthattheybehavebadlyHeisworriedthathisdaughterandthekweilowillgivebirthtochapchengkia(meaningthehybridizedoffspring)Buthisdaughter,havingreceivedWesterneducation,responsesthatsheisnotmarryingaracesheismarryingamanAlthoughtheprotagonistisheavilyinfluencedbyWesternvalue,hermarriagecanbeseenasacombinationoftraditionandWesternizationFirst,she,asanAsian,marriesaWesternerSecond,inherwedding,riceissprinkledinsteadofconfettiShedoesnotcriticizethispracticesheiscomfortablewithitSheunderstandsthatthesprinklingofriceissymbolicoffertilityShealsotalksabouttheritualinSingaporethecouplehastodrivearoundwithapairofchickens,onmaleandonefemaleWhenoneofthepoorchickendiesbecauseoftheheat,sheevenhopesthatisnotabadomenTheprotagonist’sattitudetowardstraditionhaschangedShenolongerdismissesitasoldfashionandoutdatedRather,sheisnowabletoacceptsomeofthetraditionalvalueaftershehasmorecontactwiththeWesternonesThereasonisthatwhenpeoplearechallenged,theyareforcedtothinkabouttheirpresentstatusThroughthethinkingprocess,theygainbetterunderstandingoftheirownidentityPeoplewhoarereluctanttounderstandandacceptWesternvalueinsistontheirusualsetoftraditionlikethefatheroftheprotagonistHedoesnotuselogictopersuadeherdaughterheonlysaysthathehaseatenmoresaltthantheprotagonisthaseatenriceBeingstubborn,heshouldactuallybetheonecalledfanthongbyothersTheironyattheendofthestoryisinspiringFarfromSingapore,farfromherowncountry,theprotagonistisaskedbyherhusbandwhethershecancookriceforhisEvenasfarasplacesinEurope,westillhaveourownidentityThefactthattheprotagonistisstayinginItalywithherhusbanddoesnotgivetheconclusionthatshecanforgetaboutheridentity,whichisamixtureoftraditionalandWesternvalueUsinglotsofmethodstogetridofrice,sheisfinallyfacedwithriceinevitablyTheironyimpliesthateventhoughwerejectortrytoignoreouridentity,itmaystillcomearoundaswehavecontactwithpeopleInconclusion,peoplelivinginacountrylikeSingaporeshouldtrytounderstandboththetraditionalandWesternvaluebecauseitisthroughtheconflictofthemthatwefinallyrealizeourtrueidentityasamixtureofbothvalue

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