Saying Yes by Diana Chang




Summary: Saying Yes by Diana Chang is a poem about the feelings of being a Chinese-American 


Section 1:

  • Someone asks the person in the poem if the person in the poem is Chinese or if that person is American and the person in the poem says yes to both questions
  • Someone asks the person in the poem if that person in the poem is "really Chinese" or if that person is "really American" and the person in the poem then has trouble giving a definitive answer
  • The person in the poem would like to answer the question of "really Chinese" or "really American" positively with "yes", "both", and "not only"
  • In retrospect, the speaker talks about influences in her life and where she lived and says that definitely she is "yes" American and "yes" Chinese

Other Notes:

  • This poem reveals the nature of the speaker, thought about origin, and how one wants to be recognized
  • The poem lets the reader think about the times the reader may have asked these questions or may have been asked these questions
  • It seems the speaker is proud to both be American and Chinese 



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