Two Kinds

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Two Kinds is a wonderful little short story about a immigrant Chinese woman in the mid 1950’s to early 1960’s that moved to Chinatown in California to give herself a better opportunity to make it in America. In the story we see the Amy’s mother as a woman who already has dealt with her fair share of pain and disappointment. Jeng-mei mothers entire family seemed to have been wiped out before she came to America from China Jeng-mei explains “ she had come to San Francisco in 1949 after losing everything in China: her mother and father, her home, her first husband, and two daughter, twin baby girls. But she never looked back with regret.”
This was the type of woman Amy’s mother was diligent, unwavering, focus that there could be a …show more content…

I won’t let her change me”. This is where struggle rears its ugly head in her and her mother’s relationship Jeng-mei not being from China lacked an obedience that her counterpart may have had because she was an American child. You see Jeng-mei’s mother did not take into consideration her child being an American was probably not going to be as obedient as other Chinese girls were. Jeng-mei’s mother reason for coming to America was to take advantage of all America had to offer but I don’t think Amy’s mother realized that America gave her daughter her own mind. In conclusion we see through the rest of the story that there was more conflict with the two. Jeng-mei’s mother buys a piano for her daughter to learn how to play and become a prodigy at the piano. Mrs. Tan traded cleaning house with Mr. Chong their deaf neighbor who used to teach music. Amy starts to slack because her music teacher was deaf and not able to truly hear what Amy was playing. This was reflected in the recital and utterly bombed in front her parent, family, and friends. Amy’s mother was disappointed but when Jeng-mei felt that this would be her escape and her mother would not bother her about this prodigy thing she was sadly mistaken Jeng-mei’s mother did not waver from this way of thinking. Jeng-mei then has a fit and becomes like a typical American child and becomes very disrespectful toward her mother and Amy’s mother and her

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