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Write an essay that offers an interpretation of how the following passage, from Melissa Hung’s “Towards Chinatown,” evokes some of the broader themes and wider cultural, historical, and political contexts of Hung’s short story.

1. Write an essay that offers an interpretation of how the following passage, from Melissa Hung’s “Towards Chinatown,” evokes some of the broader themes and wider cultural, historical, and political contexts of Hung’s short story. Your essay should focus on textual analysis—i.e. Hung’s use of language, imagery, symbolism, storytelling strategies, and thematics—and must draw upon direct quotations from the story to back up your claims:
I am the eldest child of two immigrants from Hong Kong who met in Texas. Cantonese is my first language. Every day in school, a therapist pulls me out of class. She walks from classroom to classroom, collecting all the ESL students. We follow her down the hall to a windowless room where we learn English, copying her sounds and mouth shapes.
One time, we gather around a table to play Candy Land. There are five of us. But in Candy Land there are only four plastic gingerbread men: blue, red, green, yellow. Laahm, huhng, luhk, wohng. I am not quick enough. I do not get a gingerbread man. Instead, the therapist hands me a bottle of Wite-Out. I don’t yet know what irony is. I’m embarrassed about being the Wite-Out bottle. Even among the kids who are different, I feel singled out. This is the only memory of ESL that stays with me into adulthood.
I am the eldest child of two immigrants from Hong Kong who met in Texas. Cantonese is my first language. Every day in school, a therapist pulls me out of class. She walks from classroom to classroom, collecting all the ESL students. We follow her down the hall to a windowless room where we learn English, copying her sounds and mouth shapes.
One time, we gather around a table to play Candy Land. There are five of us. But in Candy Land there are only four plastic gingerbread men: blue, red, green, yellow. Laahm, huhng, luhk, wohng. I am not quick enough. I do not get a gingerbread man. Instead, the therapist hands me a bottle of Wite-Out. I don’t yet know what irony is. I’m embarrassed about being the Wite-Out bottle. Even among the kids who are different, I feel singled out. This is the only memory of ESL that stays with me into adulthood.
2. Write an essay that offers an interpretation of the use of colour and weather imagery in the following passage from Claude McKay’s poem “Harlem Shadows” (1922), and how that imagery relates to the poem’s wider themes and historical context of the Harlem Renaissance:
Through the long night until the silver break
Of day the little gray feet know no rest;
Through the lone night until the last snow-flake
Has dropped from heaven upon the earth’s white breast,
The dusky, half-clad girls of tired feet
Are trudging, thinly shoiqud, from street to street.

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