She shares her personal story of the English she speaks, and how much the people you are around can change the way you converse. In particular, she tells that her mother's attempted parental guidance was dominated by foolish hopes and dreams. Narrated in the first person by a woman called Jing-mei Woo the story is a memory piece and after reading the story the reader realises that Tan may be exploring the theme of hope. There are many social forces that exert influences on people. Ni-Kan, out of spite, brought up the twins her mother abandoned in China. Literature: Reading, reacting, and Writing. She also participated in doctoral studies in linguistics at and , but abandoned her doctoral studies in 1976.
A large social group that shares the same geographical territory is subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations. Chong, Jing-Mei discovered was deaf, and that she easily could get away with playing the wrong notes. In a similar manner, I feel the same insecurities for my children and I constantly push them to learn more and succeed. In the eyes of Suyuan, it is imperative that economic success is attained in order for one to enjoy the American dream. Happiness is supreme goal of government. Each daughter knows her mother mean. June is forced by her mother to take up piano lessons, but she performs poorly once she is supposed to conduct a recital.
Part of these difficulties are caused by the 'clash of cultures' that the heroines in both stories experience. Later, her mother asks if she is going to the piano lessons. In Chinese-American culture, mothers approach raising their children differently from many other American parents. The girl is expected to do a myriad of chores and to become a 'lady'. On the other hand, there are those that cave in and let others define their identity for them. Jing Mei is the main character. Their inability to understand one another largely stems from cultural differences; Suyuan is a Chinese woman who flees to America for a better life, while June is destined to demonstrate her self-worth as a Chinese-American.
The conflicts between social values and personal dreams become a part of interpersonal tragedy. In recent years, many Korean parents immigrated to America for education of their children. The mother has it set in her head that her daughter, Jing-Mei can and will become a child prodigy. That Jing-mei is content in her life. She believed that her inner prodigy would surface and allow her to play well, but the performance proved to be an utter disaster.
Jing-mei knows who she is. But they had not reckoned with her rebellious streak. Her struggle is that of a young girl growing up and trying to find her own sense of identity. The Story and Its Writer: an Introduction to Short Fiction. First, the emphasis is on the loss of separation from mothers, and later the emphasis shifts to the ensuing competitiveness of the relationship.
In 'Two Kinds,' Suyuan believes that, with enough determination and hard work, children in America can become anything they want, even a genius or prodigy. The book was greeted with almost universal acclaim. She then performs at a recital, plays poorly, and embarrasses herself and her mother. Besides Amy, the Tans also had two sons — Peter, born in 1950, and John, born in 1954. Since the existence of society, people have always strived to try their best. Her troubles are compounded by her mother, who convinces her that she can become someone important. The end of the story is also interesting as Tan appears to be exploring the theme of acceptance.
Suyuan was raised in China, and during this period the country was full of misery and lack of opportunity hence when she is in America she becomes more competitive when raising her child. Amy Tan does a phenomenal job, not only by portraying a very real mother-daughter relationship, but at showing how much a young girl can change. Always scrupulous about detail, for this play Amy Tan commissioned research into a period which was just within the scope of her own society. After her mother saw a young Chinese girl play the piano on a television show she decided that Jing-Mei should take lessons from the neighbor. Ni-Kan's mother has her copy others to find a talent but fails in every attempt. Having no natural children of her own, she treated my siblings and me as if we were her own children and pretty much had free rein to direct us and help to raise us in any way that she wanted, which was with a very traditional and old fashioned perspective. In the story, there are two major characters, Amy and her mother.
Archived from on July 24, 2010. The essay focuses on the prejudices of Amy and her mother. Jing-mei assumes the role of narrator in the novel and takes readers on a deeply personal journey that exposes the societal, generational and cultural differences that distance Jing-mei and Suyuan, seemingly more so every day. Author Amy Tan explores this sensitive and highly relevant aspect of this multicultural nation by employing sophisticated literary tools without compromising on the readability. Daisy subsequently moved Amy and her younger brother, John Jr.
Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. At first, she followed her mother, but when she felt that her mother was already forcing her and stealing her youth, she told herself that it was the end. Conflict is what drives the two apart but brings them back together at the end. Her mother dies and as an adult and Jing-mei is asked to take the old piano and her notes. John Tan, on the other hand, was an electrical engineer and Baptist minister.
In the beginning of the story, Jing-mei tries to do everything right. She remembers trying to belong and feeling frustrated and isolated. Amy Tan tells of a mother's expectation for her daughter to be a child prodigy. The mother insists on continuing piano lessons and literally has to drag the child to the bench to play. Relation to the real world. While the author had intended the book to be a short-story collection, it is seen by critics as a novel due to the interrelated and cohesive narrative.