What is the value of language to you? Everyone has their own view on what is the value of language. As for me it is something that you come to learn and benefited from in the near future. In two essays, one by Amy Tan, “The Language of Discretion,” and the other by Barbara Mellix, “From Outside, In.” These two authors come to benefit from the use of language as presented them from the views of others and culture. Each with different interpretations and experience with language.
Amy Tan comes to benefit from language due to her heritage. To her language is what the world depends on and in order for “one [to] [function] in it [they] depend a great deal on the language used.” In Tan’s essay you receive a quick tour of her Chinese heritage. Discussing how Chinese people are looked at differently because of their language. The Chinese language in which is different from the American is not “more direct” as English. It is considered to be a “more s
Amy Tan shows you that she came to learn what language meant to her through her knowledge of her heritage. The differences of both languages has made her curious of what behaviours was shaped by which language. She states that in the Chinese language there is no one way to say just a "yes" or even just a "no. However, as she was raised and taught she did not come to see any of this. Proper English though was necessary as she attended higher levels of education. As with her friends and family she spoke only "Black English," an English of slang. " She continues on to say that as her vocabulary increases she is much better off functioning in a non-Chinese society. Mellix used standard English only around whites to show them that she too was just as well educated. Amy Tan who shows you that she has benefited from the Chinese language yet, cracks jokes on the language. It opened a door to society that she could "continually give birth to her self. " It is because of that people have this narrow point of view on the Chinese. It was a way to impress them, be accepted, as well as respected by the society of whites. That it denied a part of her that made her who she was. Speaking standard English for Mellix was like an insult to her and an "inferior" to her language.