Since last class, I’ve been struck by the passage on page 47 of Donald Duk. Donald asks the question, “Why does Dad like being Chinese?” (Chin 47). Here, I think he is questioning why his father, who was raised by his parents to be fully “American,” has chosen to immerse himself in Chinese culture. Donald just wants to be American at this point and doesn’t understand. However, I think he does start to understand towards the end of the book, and even starts to include himself in Chinese culture by saying “We” instead of “The Chinese.” Why do you think Donald has now chosen to accept his Chinese heritage?
Choosing to be Chinese