Topic: Literature homework help

Level: Literature homework help

Style: APA

Pages: 3 Pages

spacing: Double

Pages: 3 Pages

With the reoccurring themes of being torn between two cultures, writing against stereotypes, and racial tensions have surfaced for authors throughout this course, so what do these stories about the struggles of coming to America to find a place amidst two cultures teach us about diversity?

A sample thesis (which you are free to use) might be:

  • Minority writers: A, B, and C, write against stereotypes, cross-cultural issues, and the importance of diversity in America.

  • Minority writers through their shares stories about being torn between two cultures and being impacted by stereotypes and highlight the importance of celebrating diversity as seen in the writings of A, B, and C.

Remember that a theme in a piece of fiction is its view about life and how people behave. We might ask ourselves: what do the characters, action, plot, setting and story problems in this piece show us?

Please respond in a five-paragraph APA essay format with quotes, proper in-text citations, and references.

Please be sure to include the following in your assignment submission:

  • Write a formal, 5-paragraph essay in APA format, including a cover page, in response to this question. Base your answer on your own observations and support your assertions quoting from your assigned readings.

  • Read the assigned readings from the Asian American Literature sections. Highlight quotes, summarize, or paraphrase from this week's readings and be sure to include an in-text citation in proper APA format (Author, year, p. X).

  • We must include three quotes from our readings. When we discuss literature, it is all about the words before us. They are ours to consider and reflect on. So, you will want to make a strong assertion and prove it, or support it, by quoting from the readings. Include three quotes in our essay.

  • Create a strong thesis for your essay. A thesis states shares the Author, Title of the piece being explored, and a strong assertion, and ideally will share key discussion points.

  • Be sure to include an APA reference page. For complete instructions on APA, see your college Online Library, which you can access through the Resources

The girl can run

The girl can run.

We marvel

at her tongue.

As fast as her little

legs can carry her

she runs.

She is running

as fast as

her little legs

can carry her

up over the hill

and out of the town.

The girl

can run.

We marvel

at her



bufo in the bathhouse

lapping up the flies.

Same little gift who shouted

see me see that star?

She's damned if

she doesn't

make it that far.

She's hoarded words,

stuffed and stitched

her own tough hide.

Old man on the porch swing

doesn't give a shit.

Save it

for yourself,

the old man spits.

The girl can

run. We marvel at her


Little legs,

plump and fleabitten,

pump on the sputter

of heart's broken wheel.

Puff puff she pants.

See me see me dance

over the hill

out of the town

past Mother

screaming fists into sheets.


on the clothesline

so shame!

everybody can see

all the brown stains.

Puff puff she pants.

See me see me dance

past Sister's kookoo marbles

rolling shut behind

a doll's dull lid.

Nothing to see inside

her head.

Old man spits,

save yourself.

I've got my own

noise to take to bed.

The girl can run.

We marvel at her tongue.

She takes the short

cut, the cleverest route.

Mean is the speed of her tongue.

Puff puff she pants,

sucking up the air.

All the air

she sucks into her lungs

and runs.

Move out of her way.

Here she comes.

Bufo in the bathhouse

bloats immense on flies.

Tongue turning stones to breadcrumbs.

Badly, has she said it?

she wants to come home.

At the heart is the fiction

it's only flies.

Shoo! Shoo! Shoo!

At the heart is the drama

of the unloved child.

Now it's spoken

has she said it?--badly,

she wants to come home.

Here she comes,

pursued by invisible matter.

Flies in the bathhouse

quiver under lies.

No telling

what's behind her.

Invisible matter

carries its own

noise inside

her head.

A sputtering of fists and crazy laughter.

Are you listening, Mother?

Invisible matter

gobbling her up.

She'll run us over,

peel the skin of the darkest

berries to steal

the darkest stories.

She's damned if she doesn't

take it

that far.

See me see that star.

Gobble us up into crumbs and chatter.

Late nights,

after dinner,

feasted and content,



The girl can run.

We are struck by the marvel of her tongue.


By Cathy Song



The moon from any window is one part

whoever's looking. The part I can't see

is everything my sister keeps to herself.

One part my dead brother's sleepless brow,

the other part the time I waste, the time

I don't have. But which part is borrowed

singing, and which my unfinished crust of bread?

And don't forget the curtains.

Don't forget the wind in the trees,

or my mother's voice saying things

that will take my whole life to come true.

One part someone's earnest child grown tall

in his mother's doorway, and one a last look

over the shoulder before leaving.

And never forget it answers to no address,

but calls wave after wave

to a path of thirst. And never forget the unborn grain

to which the thunder told its name.

And what about the candle climbing down

without glancing back? What about the heart

counting alone, out loud, in that game

in which the many hide from the one?

Never forget the cry

completely hollowed of the dying one

who cried it. Only in such pure outpouring,

cried out in the dying one's own lifetime,

is there room for all this night.


By Li-Young Lee



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