The idea of parents cutting their childrens' tongues for them to easily master various languages somewhat portrays a society that is in close proximity to its early ancestry, and far from changing. Besides evidence based off of later research, parents of Korean children still believed in primitive methods of achieving mastery in different languages. Since this concept has been passed down for generations, it is apparent that not enough people have questioned its legitamacy, and instead just do as their ancestors have done, thus showing just one of the many ancestral customs untouched by contemporary society.
As cultures diffuse and blend internationally around the world one can still see the original customs instilled into someone by their ancestry. In modern society, it easily evident that there are students who excel in the classroom greater and at a faster pace than others. Perhaps, like many of the Chinese families, children are being forced by their parents to achieve excellence in school, yet the parent-child relationship is much closer than generations ago.
Of a world filled with many differences in origin and growth, there is a similarity with all people. Everyone, atleast generally speaking, wants to be accepted by their surrounding society. Kingston, "being associated with a mute girl as her friend became angry" because she did not like her classmates' interpretaion of her. Wherever people may be, everyone wants acceptance and tries to achieve a certain status, when that is not achieved they become angry.