"All American Slurp"
By bvarga, Updated
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The Lynn family is a family of four. They just emigrated to America from China. (Namioka,444).
The narrator and her family of four were invited to have dinner at the Gleason's. This is their first time they are invited to dinner in America, and they have a hard time with American table manners. They saw raw celery and didn't know what to do because where they came from, China, they never ate raw celery. They just sat there with raw celery in their right hand. They also moved chairs to the table when there was a buffet of food.(Namioka,444-446).
Meg and all the other kids at school wore jeans, and the narrator bought a lot of skirts and has to wait for her dad's paycheck to come in so she can buy new clothes. Because the narrator wore skirts things were hard because she couldn't ride a boy's bike, and they don't have a car. But one day Meg tried on the narrator's Chinese dress and loved it.(Namioka, 449).
The Lynn family went out to dinner and didn't know what to order because the menu was in French! They ordered random food and when they got it, it was soup. They tilted the play so they were etiquette. In China, they respectful way to eat soup is to slurp. So they showed their respect and slurped. The narrator went to the bathroom and stayed there because she wanted to act like an American family.(Namioka,450-451)
The Lynn family had the Gleason's over for dinner, and Mrs.Lynn used silverware she didn't use for Chinese dishes. When the Gleason's came they ate the Chinese food and kept on taking more and more food. They tried using the chopsticks but were struggling with it. By the end of dinner, they were so full that they couldn't eat anything else.(Namioka,452-453).
After dinner, Meg and the narrator went to get desert. Meg got a large chocolate milkshake and the narrator got a small chocolate milkshake. Meg was drinking hers, and she started slurping. The narrator asked if she always slurps a milkshake, and Meg responded by saying, "Sure. All Americans slurp."(Namioka,453).
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