Jing Mei's Analysis

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Jing Mei’s mother’s avarice further multiplied up, where she resumes to present the aforementioned desire to Jing Mei. According to available evidence, she earns money from house cleaning. This provides her numerous opportunities to collect old magazines, where “she would look through them all, searching for stories about remarkable children. The first night she brings up a story about a three-year old boy who knew the capitals of all the states and even most of the Europeans countries” (Tan, 181). After being stimulated by countless stories of talented children, she assumes that Jing Mei does not lack the ability to be like them as well. Therefore, she begins to test her [Jing Mei’s] academic knowledge, e.g. asking her for the capital of Finland.

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