Amy's Struggle In Two Kinds

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The short story, Two Kinds, presents the conflict of old and new values as a Chinese family struggle to establish themselves in the United States in 1989. Aspirations to attain the traditional American dream relates to a recently immigrated Chinese mother having high expectations for her daughter Amy. At the time of the story, China enforced the one child birth policy and Amy’s mom yearned for individual freedom. Ironically, Amy’s mom resented Amy’s personal struggle to assert her individuality and demanded that her daughter obey her strict rules. Amy’s mom metaphorically resembles China’s strict rules which causes Amy’s lost innocence. Obedience versus Identity a constant struggle for Amy’s innocence to withstand. For instance, “I did not
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