Essay: A Song for a Barbarian Reed Pipe
There is a passage in the “A Song for a Barbarian Reed Pipe,” which shows that Kingston is now able to tell what is real from what is not. Give me plastics, periodical tables; TV dinners with vegetables no more complex than peas mixed with diced carrots” (Kingston 204). This shows the sadness in Kingston’s life for having denounced some of her heritage. The talk of the TV dinners shows the Americanization that has happened in the life or Kingston. The sentence “It comes true.” is constantly repeated to show the regret of realizing ones mistakes. (Kingston, 204) She says that although her mother is always telling old Chinese tales in her case it is as if she is pouring concrete out of her mouth, which is supposed to mean that she is sort of turning her past mysteries into an ordered American city.
Though she loves living in a place with no ghosts, she still wants to be her own self just like the woman warrior. Kingston remembers that Brave Orchid once told her that her frenum had to be sliced when she was a little girl to save her from becoming tongue-tied. Kingston then thinks that though Brave was loud and outspoken she was quiet and talked little for she was “American-feminine”. She is of the idea that it is Chinese who should talk much but a true American should not. (Kingston, 11) She wants to lie to her self that she is not shy and thus she is just American.