Gran Torino is a movie about the life of an old man who experiences a multicultural society, and the cons and pros about it. The first problem that Walt experiences with living in a multicultural society, is that there are conflicts between different cultures. When Walt helps Sue from some trouble between her culture and the black culture, he gets educated in how the Hmong. Walt’s neighbours are in the Hmong culture, and they face a problem with the choice of being in a gang with others Hmong’s. When they didn’t want to be in a gang, it causes a lot of problems for the family, but Walt helped them. The boy named Thao tried to steal Walt’s Gran Torino car. For punishment Thao had to help Walt with different chores for several days. With that time together Walt figured out that Thao and his family just wants to live in America to get a job and live safe.
Sue (Thao’s older sister) was the one who spoke to Walt the most, and he got the nickname Wally. She includes Walt into her family to get food and respect from them. Her family wants to pay their gratitude to Walt for helping Thao, and by doing that they change Walt’s vision on the Hmong culture. Walt was in the Vietnam war, and because of that he didn’t like Asian featured people. By the end of the movie Walt risks his on life to save Thao from problems, so Thao, Sue and their family can live in peace.
Thao and Sue face some challenges and pressures to deal with when they live as second-generation immigrants. One of the biggest challenges must be being prejudice as killers in America because Vietnamese were in a war with American people. Sue experience a harassment when she meets people from a different culture. They tell her how smart she probably is and those typical Asian prejudices. Thao experiences pressure from his cousins’ gang, because they want him to enter the gang. The problem is that Thao wants to have a life without problems and criminalities. The gang forces Thao to try and steal Walt’s Gran Torino, and he didn’t succeed so and had to face a lot of challenges that Walt made him do as a consequence.
The experiences Walt has had, made him more open to Asian featured people. He got the opportunity to make friends from a different culture, and I believe by watching this movie you would stop to prejudice people from a different culture.