A Pair Of Tickets By Amy Tan

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June May Woo was an average girl. She was raised in San Francisco, and lived the lifestyle of a typical American. As time passes on, June May faces her ultimate fear: her heritage. In “A Pair of Tickets”, Amy Tan illustrates that a person’s identity is much deeper than their skin; it is exemplified by the person’s actions and family. Qun Wang was right when he said “Tan intermingles intercultural and intergenerational conflict” (Wang). She uses June May’s conflict between her and her cultural identity and her and her mother to illustrate the grey area of who the first generation Chinese Americans are supposed to identify. Tan also uses the setting of modern China to convince that the main character, June May, is indeed Chinese even though she tries so hard not to be.
It is clear that the narrator does not want to accept her family history. In the past, she was quick to reject even the thought of being Chinese, saying that she did not have ”any Chinese whatsoever below my skin.”(179) The reader could infer that she “feel(s) trapped between traditional Chinese culture and mainstream American society, and between (her) aspirations for individual freedom and (her) desire to satisfy familial and social obligations” (Wang). She feels this way because of the atmosphere and attitude of many Americans towards their heritage. There seems to be a tendency for Americans to abandon their heritage and only think of themselves as Americans. On the long train ride to China, she reflects

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