Vincent lives in a state of liminality, constantly questioning the pros and cons of his early education and what fits best for him. He explores that more during this section. Specifically, we look at the expectations his teachers, parents and peers require of him in all societies.
Most importantly, he talks about the differences between American and Taiwanese societies in the classroom. Social norms, basic practices of students, and the role of the student. More personally, he also discusses the expectations and pressures placed on him by his family. He mentions how this is similar across Asia for all standard Asian families. This information could be used to better understand Taiwanese culture as a whole, and the values of Asian society. We can interpret that pressures on put on students more heavily to be successful to stimulate a more successful work force and overall economy for both Taiwan and China.
Vincent discusses the social norms for emotions in male Asian culture, some memories that impact him even today, and his struggles growing up between Eastern and Western education and ways of thinking.