How necessary is it to adopt a false self in order to be successful in American society?

Wesley Yang rejects what he sees as his more Asian self in his essay, “Paper Tigers”, an identity that he feels is too timid, too introverted, and that is overly concerned with success. He feels that in order to be successful, he not only needs to adopt a more ‘American’ persona, he also needs to pass on his experiences as lessons for other Asians. He seems more comfortable as someone else. Indeed, Kenji Yoshino also feels like an outsider in his essay, “The New Civil Rights”, but for different reasons. His heritage poses less of a problem for him as does his sexual identity. Being gay, for him, is something that also has denied him access to the benefits and rights of straight society. He sees the answer to inclusion in his notion of universal rights. In both cases, the authors feel somewhat like outsiders, on the margins of society.

For your third essay, using the Yoshino and Yang essays only, answer the following:

How necessary is it to adopt a false self in order to be successful in American society?

The introduction and each Body paragraph needs two quotes. One quote from “paper tigers.” One quote from “The new civil rights”

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