Thursday, July 19, 2012

Learning to Love America

I did not realize this until after my chat circle, but I believe "pure products" is a symbol in Shirley Geok-lin Lim's poem. "Pure products" could represent the variety of races that exist in America. The narrator states "America" has "no pure products" (Lim 1). Thus, it's people come from many, many backgrounds rather than one. This is one of the many reasons listed from the poem of why the author has come to love America. The use of diction in "no pure products" is simple, yet the true meaning is rather hidden. Like I previously stated, I did not note this the first time I read the poem. I believe the author did this in order for her readers to dig deeper to realize the true meaning of her poem.


  1. wow... i never realized that either... After you said that i went back and reread the poem, it made so much more sense after having insight on this phrase!!!
    so much

  2. Very interesting observation, Conner. I definitely did not think of that myself, but now that you mention it that does make a lot of sense. In fact, the only person I know that is 100% of a race is probably my Mother, who is completely Norwegian. Besides her all the people I know are a mix of many different races, so it makes sense that Shirley Lim was alluding to people when she articulated this phrase in her poem.