• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Martin Booth uses language techniques to convey the cultural difference between west and east in the chapter Sae Hoi Jau Dim?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How does Martin Booth uses language techniques to convey the cultural difference between west and east in chapter "Sae Hoi Jau Dim"? In the memoir "Gweilo", cultural differences are clearly emphasized. From the emphasis on typical Chinese food, the local Cantonese dialect to the superstition of god, the writer has effectively convey the importance on the Chinese culture Booth's use of diction is to convey the importance of food in the Chinese culture. Typical Chinese foods are emphasized such as "100 - (or 1000-) year- old eggs" It is described in detail as "grey- green" and "semi - transparent black jelly that look like onyx". ...read more.

Middle

This emphasizes that the Chinese culture is very unique. By using the local Cantonese word " dai pai dong" instead of "food stall", the traditional Chinese culture is brought out by Booth to emphasize his experiences. " but even some of these were alien to me." - showing that the Chinese culture is so different from the west. And that he has not seen these thing before "learnt... discovered" these words shows that he is still adapting the new life in Hong Kong and trying to adapt the new Chinese culture "but the remainder of his offerings might well have been picked on another planet" - this shows that he is not familiar with the fruits in the fruit shop again this shows the different food that Chinese eat. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Halfie also played on my gweilo gullibility." "How about Sai Juk?" "My blond hair, considered by the Chinese to be the color of gold and therefore likely to impart wealth or good fortune." "passer-by would often briefly stroke my head." "Good, st'ong boy. Be plentee luckee." "Unlike british butchers who carefully shaped specific cuts, Chinese butchers merely chopped the carcass up with razor-sharp cleavers." Phonetic translation Diction Plan - The three parts that Martin focuses on in helping the reader to understand the Chinese culture : * The culture of food * The Chinese superstition * the emphasizes on the Cantonese language - showing that a lot of Chinese at that time still does not know how to speak English, therefore learning Cantonese is important for Martin ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. John Steinbeck's Theme in East of Eden

    Ultimately Cathy is important only because Adam has to liberate Cal from his fear that he is like his mom, and that their relation makes him more likely to be evil. In the last pages of the novel, Adam is bedridden and paralyzed by a stroke.

  2. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel Chapter Analysis

    Tita felt lonely during this time, and when she held Roberto in her hand, the feelings she felt were all "melted"11 away. 'Melted' ties in with the title, "Like Water for Chocolate", as chocolate often melts, to amplify Roberto's importance.

  1. Comparing and Contrasting Chapter One of Broken April and The Thief and The Dogs.

    and "You snake" (p157). These are all of the ways that animal imagery is used in a negative way. However, positive animal imagery is used when Said's qualities are brought up and he thinks that he is "a man who can dive like a fish, fly like a hawk, scale walls like a rat..."

  2. An Extra Chapter For THE STRANGER

    "I found the filthy bastard! He was lying there, two streets away from rue de Lyon. I had given up all hope and decided to look for one last time. He just lay there, staring at me the entire time." I was happy for him; the old man had found his life back.

  1. Antigone Analysis - literary techniques

    He singles her out in the first sentence by using a hyperbole "the traitor, the only one in the whole city," to place emphasis on the gravity of the situation - how Antigone is the first person to ever deliberately go against Creon's orders.

  2. Vietnamese Poetry and Language

    Tr��, Nguye�n Du, Cao Ba� Qua�t, �oa�n Th� �ie�m, Ho� xua�n H��ng... Va� t�� th�i ca�n �a�i �e�n cuo�i the� ky� 20, mo�t the� he� ca�m bu�t m�i tie�p no�i s�� nghie�p tie�n nha�n nh� Kha�i H�ng, Nha�t Linh, Hoa�ng �a�o, Nguye�n Ma�nh Co�n, Ho� H��u T��ng, Phu�ng Qua�n, Tra�n Da�n, Phu�ng Cung v.v.

  1. Commentary on "I Have a Dream" by Martin Luther King

    He aims to says that everyone is simply a book of blood; when we?re opened, we are all red. No human race is superior or inferior; no religious faith is superior or inferior. All stereotypical judgments are wrong. The imagery is further detailed when Martin Luther King declares that ?every

  2. My Cross Cultural Experiences through moving schools in Australia and Singapore.

    The hardest thing for me was to get into groups since I was a transfer student which means that I never had the chance to get to know each other from the previous grades like the rest of the class did.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work