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Thefocus of the part of this text describes how the life of the authorhas evolved into becoming one of the few Asian American writers. Theauthor confesses that even though her mother always used “broken”English, she has always seen passion in praising her mom to havehelped her in knowing the perfect English that she claims to know.Through the text, the author has also given an account on how she wasable to beat the odds of majoring in engineering and become one ofthe few Asian American writers. From the description of herbackground, it is clear that her rebellious nature and the passionfor writing were the main factors that drew her to writing (Spack28). The tone is encouraging and can be used as a source ofinspiration especially for writers whose roots do not acknowledgeperfect English language. The text can therefore be described as aperfect piece of writing that reflects self-acknowledgement andliving ones dream without fear of the mindsets created by otherpeople.


Thepart of the text describes the life of a young girl`s experiencefirst day in joining college. The story is written in first personwhile the author is being so detailed in explaining the events thathappen when she is getting a dormitory room from Mr. Hawleys`. Asthe story rolls out, it is clear that the author of the story is veryobservant and keen to detail. The author also has of good command ofEnglish and well plays with English words in articulating her ideasthrough the story (Cary 34). However, the complexity in the wordsused through the text may discourage a reader who is not veryproficient in English language. Such use of high level of grammarintimidates a reader and makes them not want to continue reading thestory. If the author would be lenient in the use of grammar, the textwould have been enjoyable, as the reader does not have to look outthe meaning of some words in order to get the idea that the author ispassing.


Cary,Lorene. BlackIce.New York: Vintage Books, 1992. Print.

Spack,Ruth. Guidelines:A Cros-Cultural Reading, Writing Text.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Print.