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Alicia Yang

Developmental English II

Professor Yael Samuel

3/8/2015

American Dream

 

The American dream is a goal and achievement for immigrants and people who are born here. It is a dream that everyone in America should have. Amy Tan had described the American dream as  a “country where that opportunity -- to be as wild as you want, as generous as you want, as crazy as you want, as artistic as you want, that all of that, the whole range -- exists” (Tan). She has a very typical way of thinking of what American dream is. Most people’s idea of American dream is to do whatever you dream in America and achieve it. Maya Lin said, To me the American Dream is probably being able to follow your own personal calling. And to be able to do what you want to do is an incredible freedom that we have," (Lin)  which is very similar Amy Tan’s perspective of American dream, they basically saying American dream is achieve what you want in America.

Amy Tan and Maya Lin both think that American dream is using this incredible free in America to follow your personal dream or goal. Amy Tan-- The famous novelist who wrote many novels. She had quite remarkable experience. She had a unforgettable relationship with her mom. That’s what inspire her when it comes to writing and her point of view of American dream. “It is that self-determination of your identity, to define what it means to be an American, and that nobody defines that for you.” Amy Tan grew up in America, having the ambition to be who she wanted to be. I agree with her point of view of American dream when she said “to define what it means to be an American, and nobody defines that for you.” It is very true that we should live for a meaningful purpose, we should achieve a goal for ourselves. A lot of people live for other people's expectation, and they are not able to have their own dream in America.  “To me the American Dream is probably being able to follow your own personal calling. And to be able to do what you want to do is an incredible freedom that we have.” Maya Lin’s Definition of American dream has a resource with Amy Tan’s point of view of American dream. They both think that People in America should cherish the freedom that what we have to achieve our goal. I think the only difference between their point of view of American are that they express their words in a different way. My definition of American dream is to experience and try everything, because I believe that we should try everything to explore yourself. People can have multiple dream that they want to achieve at the same time, so they should try everything to discover what their dreams are and themselves.

American dream is a dream that every American should have and try their best to achieve.I am still finding my American dream. I will fulfil my American dream by try everything to seek for a dream and make it come true.

 

 

 Work Cited

 

Tan, Amy. Interview. "The American Dream." The Academy ofxxxxAchievement. Web. 16 Jan. 2008.

 

Amy Tan is a famous novelist who wrote many novel, the author of Mother Tongue. She is Chinese and she grew up in America. Most of her writing inspiration comes from her mother. Amy Tan thinks that American dream is the American freedom to create your own identity. She thinks that American is a great opportunity to think free.

 

"Maya Lin Interview (page: 8 / 8)." Maya Lin Interview. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Mar. 2016.


Maya Lin is a famous Chinese American Architect, who is famous for design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. She was born in 1959, and designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial when she was 19 years old. Maya Lin thinks that American dream is “to follow your own personal calling”.

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