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Analysis Of ' Two Kinds By Amy Tan

- Emotional Grotesque in Two Kinds Have you ever felt so trapped by something you do not want to follow. Many people are indisputably obliged to be something they do not want to be. The emotional grotesque which is somebody that hears and keeps in her/his heart one “truth”, and obsesses on it, plays an important role in the lives of these people. The idea of following only one thing, can change a person into a bad or good combination of feelings that later in life will determine her/his future depending on how the person takes the idea....   [tags: Need, Knowledge, Want, Amy Tan]

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Amy Tan 's Two Kinds

- Amy Tan’s short story, “Two Kinds” is about the importance of a mother-daughter relationship and how it effects both of their lives. “Two Kinds” is a chapter from Amy Tan’s best selling novel book, The Joy Lucky Club, which is a collection of stories about immigrant Chinese mother’s and their daughters. In this chapter, Tan describes a unique character, Jing- mei, who has to deal with her mother’s constant preassure to be perfect causes her to sabatoge her own future for the sake of being stubborn, To begin with, Tan warns the reader of the mother’s hopes of the American Dream making the reader be suspicious of results of the dream....   [tags: Piano, Amy Tan, Parent, Frustration]

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Amy Tan 's Two Kinds

- From the beginning of time, mothers and daughters have had their conflicts, tested each other’s patience, and eventually resolved their conflicts. In the story “Two Kinds,” written by Amy Tan, Jing-Mei and her mother are the typical mother-daughter duo that have their fair share of trials. Jing-Mei is an American Chinese Girl who struggles to please her mother by trying to be the “Prodigy” that her mother wishes for. Her mother has great ideas to make her daughter famous with hopes that she would become the best at everything she did....   [tags: Piano, Amy Tan, Family, Conflict]

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Success and Failure in Two Kinds by Amy Tan

- Amy Tan, a child of Chinese immigrants, wrote the story “Two Kinds”, telling the tale of a Jing-Mei’s rebellion against her mother’s desire to change her into a prodigy. As Jing-Mei’s mother continually tells her she does not try hard enough to succeed, the conflict between Jing-Mei and her mother escalates. Jing-Mei grows more stubborn, making every effort to resist her mother, and the relationship devolves into a standoff where mother and daughter both refuse to budge from their position. “Two Kinds” shows the irony in Jing-Mei’s relationship with her mother; while her mother believes Jing-Mei does not try hard enough to succeed, Jing-Mei succeeds in her struggle for identity by refusing t...   [tags: Two Kinds by Amy Tan]

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Unfulfilled Dreams in Amy Tan’s Two Kinds

- The short story “Two Kinds” written by Amy Tan is about conflict between a mother and daughter. A mother tries to live her life through her daughter and her daughter rebels. The prominent theme of this short story would seem to be "unfulfilled dreams”. After losing everything in China, the mother of Jing Mei comes to America with the dream that Jing Mei will have it all: fame, fortune, and most of all success unlike herself. Little does she know, her dream will be short-lived. All Parents have dreams for their children....   [tags: Two Kinds by Amy Tan]

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The Joy Luck Club By Amy Tan

- A person must learn many hard lessons; standing up for themselves is among the most challenging. Fear of causing a commotion may always be present, but advocating a person advocating for themselves is essential for emotional health. To lack the ability to speak up for what one believes in, is to also lack power to dominate one’s circumstances. In the novel The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, the tension point between An-mei Hsu and her daughter, Rose Hsu Jordan, is Rose’s inability to stand up for herself; instead she just lets life happen....   [tags: Family, Amy Tan, Learning, Lindsay Lohan]

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The Joy Luck Club By Amy Tan

- The book I read is “The joy luck club”. It’s a novel written by Amy Tan, a Chinese American women, who wrote the book partly inspired by her own relationship to her mother. It traces the stories of four mothers who emigrate from China and their four very Americanized daughters. The main question raises from the story is the conflict between these mother-daughter pairs due to cultural differences, language barriers and generation gaps which lead to misunderstandings and communication problems. It also deals with the sacrifices mothers make, the mistakes they make in their own lives....   [tags: China, Overseas Chinese, Amy Tan, Family]

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Amy Tan 's Fish Cheeks

- As humans, we are all prone to the inevitable feeling of humiliation. However, being embarrassed about one’s own heritage is a feeling that no one should have to experience. In today’s day and age, learning to love who you are as an individual is a huge accomplishment. This is the core idea behind Amy Tan’s short story, “Fish Cheeks,” as she outlines the general idea of self-acceptance. The narrator, fourteen year old Tan, declares her love for her minister’s son, Robert, who unlike herself is “as white as Mary in the manger” (Tan 1)....   [tags: Christmas Eve, Christmas, The Reader, Amy Tan]

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Analysis Of Amy Tan 's Classic Short Story

- Amy Tan’s classic short story, is a coming of age story as the main character wakes up to her heritage when she travels back to China. It is also a story of internal racial tension, not in the sense of prejudice, but internal racial conflict that exists inside Jing-mei as the battle between what she is by nature and what she is by birth. She suddenly discovers her long lost sisters just a month after her mother dies (Danielle 2014). She goes to China and after her arrival, Jing-Mei sees her two sisters who she has never seen before and finally realizes that both of them are as same as her mother....   [tags: Family, Sibling, Amy Tan, Twin]

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Analysis Of Amy Tan 's Two Kinds

- The Literary theme that has captivated my interest and has moved me to research and understand the content which it describes or analyze , would be The Ambition of Self improvement. This theme can be related with psychoanalytic criticism. The story that has inspired me to study this theme comes from a short fiction story written by Amy Tan, named “Two Kinds”. This story has primary conflict between mother and daughter, with self improvement being the main theme identified in the text. Conflict that emerges between parents and children are still common factors current in society today....   [tags: Fiction, Protagonist, Narrative, Amy Tan]

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Amy Tan 's The Age Of 33

- Amy Tan would always read to escape what she was feeling, but not realizing that her parents had wanted her to be a doctor . Amy had other ideas of what she wanted to do with her life, she wanted to become and artist . Amy began written books at the age of 33. Amy Tan was born in the united states in 1952 both her parents immigrated from china. At the age of fifteen Amy lost her father an brother to brain tumor. After the lost of her father and older brother Amy mother took the away from the united states and move them to Switzerland....   [tags: Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club, The Joy Luck Club]

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The Joy Luck Club By Amy Tan

- Amy Tan, the author of The Joy Luck Club, displays life lessons mothers pass down to their daughters through the character An-mei, while Janice Mirikitani mirrors the morales presented in Tan’s novel through her own work, “For a Daughter Who Leaves”. The Joy Luck Club follows a series of mothers and their daughters and how they perceive and react to the cultural gap between them. An-mei’s story follows her through her life in China and her new life in America. In China, she witnesses the abuse her mother goes through and eventually her mother’s suicide....   [tags: Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club, The Joy Luck Club]

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The Duality of the American Dream in Amy Tan’s Two Kinds

- For millions of immigrants, America has been seen as the land of opportunity where anyone could become anything he or she wanted to be. A family that believes strongly in the American dream can be found in Amy Tan’s short story, “Two Kinds.” The story centers around the daughter of a Chinese immigrant who desperately wants her daughter to become successful. In the story, the author shows the difficult lives immigrants face when moving to a new culture. In this short story, the theme shows the protagonist’s conflict with her mother on the type of daughter her mother wants her to be....   [tags: Amy Tan, Two Kinds]

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The Relationship Between a Mother and Daughter in Two Kinds by Amy Tan

- "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan is about the intricacies and complexities in the relationship between a mother and daughter. Throughout the story, the mother imposes upon her daughter, Jing Mei, her hopes and dreams for her. Jing Mei chooses not what her mother wants of her but only what she wants for herself. She states, "For, unlike my mother, I did not believe I could be anything I wanted to be. I could be only me" (Tan 1). Thus this "battle of wills" between mother and daughter sets the conflict of the story....   [tags: Two Kinds, Amy Tan]

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The Rules of the Game by Amy Tan

- The Rules of the Game by Amy Tan In "The Rules of the Game," a short story about a young Chinese-American girl, Waverly Jong, embarks journey to become a chess master. Waverly's mother believes she is a key component during this journey. Even though the mother actually has no true role in Waverly's adventure, she continues to believe it is her as the one who is succeeding. This belief is a necessity for Waverly's mother because she has nothing for herself. Waverly's mother has to live through her daughter because of her own lack of success....   [tags: Amy Tan Chinese American]

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Two Kinds by Amy Tan

- "Two Kinds" is truly an amazing work; it captivates readers with by telling a story of a young girl trying to find herself. 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. Jing-Mei evolves throughout the story in a way that many people can relate to; crushed hopes, obeying your parents even if it means doing something you don't want to do, and finally standing up for what you believe in. Since "You could be anything you wanted to be in America" (Tan 348) Jing-Meis' mother thought that meant that you had to be a prodigy....   [tags: Two Kinds, Amy Tan]

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Two Kinds by Amy Tan

- In “Two Kinds,” Amy Tan explores a theme of independence. Jing-me is an impressionable nine year old girl living in an apartment with her parents. She struggles with the high expectations of her mother, to become a prodigy. The conflict results in a rebellious independence. Tan develops Jing-me’s character as willful, defiant, and insecure. To begin, Tan demonstrates that Jing-me’s willfulness stands in the way of her success. For example, after failing many of her mothers prodigy tests, she begins to hate them....   [tags: Two Kinds, Amy Tan]

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Two Kinds by Amy Tan

- In the story 'Two Kinds'; by Amy Tan, we are shown the struggles of a young girl Jing-Mei. Her struggle is that of a young girl growing up and trying to find her own sense of identity. Her troubles are compounded by her mother, who convinces her that she can become someone important. Because of her mother's constant overbearing behavior, Jing-Mei does everything she can to annoy and displease her mother even to the point of being a failure. This fight to find her own identity against her mother's wishes shows how parents cannot control their child's life; they can only point them in the right direction and let them make their own choices....   [tags: Two Kinds, Amy Tan]

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Two Kinds by Amy Tan

- In the short story, "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan, a Chinese mother and daughter are at odds with each other. The mother pushes her daughter to become a prodigy, while the daughter (like most children with immigrant parents) seeks to find herself in a world that demands her Americanization. This is the theme of the story, conflicting values. In a society that values individuality, the daughter sought to be an individual, while her mother demanded she do what was suggested. This is a conflict within itself....   [tags: Two Kinds, Amy Tan]

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Amy Tan 's The Joy Luck Club

- “With time and maturity, Tan says, she gained a sense of pride in her heritage and formed a connection with her mother” (“The Joy Luck Club” 235). Like their author, the daughters in The Joy Luck Club experience a transformation in attitude towards their mothers and China over the course of the story, but the essential theme is more universal than that. Through the relationships of Chinese-born mothers and their American-born daughters, Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club speaks to not only generational and cultural struggles within immigrant families but the struggle of all people to discover a unique identity....   [tags: Family, Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club]

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Amy Tan 's The Joy Luck Club

- Lost In Time Amy Tan 's novel, The Joy Luck Club, explores the relationships and experiences of four Chinese mothers with that of their four Chinese-American daughters. The differences in the upbringing of those women born around the 1920’s in China, and their daughters born in California in the 80’s, is undeniable. The relationships between the two are difficult due to lack of understanding and the considerable amount of barriers that exist between them. At the beginning of the novel, Suyuan Woo begins telling the story of The Joy Luck Club, a group started by a small family of Chinese women during World War II, where "we feasted, we laughed, we played games, lost and won, we told the bes...   [tags: Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club, China]

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The Relationship of Mothers and their Expectations of Daughters in Amy Tan’s "Two Kinds"

- Our mothers have played very valuable roles in making us who a we are and what we have become of ourselves. They have been the shoulder we can lean on when there was no one else to turn to. They have been the ones we can count on when there was no one else. They have been the ones who love of us for who we are and forgive us when no one else wouldn’t. In Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds,” the character Jing-mei experiences being raised by a mother who has overwhelming expectations for her daughter, causes Jing-mei to struggle with who she wants to be....   [tags: Amy Tan, Two Kinds, mothers]

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Analysis of Two Kinds by Amy Tan

- Analysis of Two Kinds by Amy Tan In the story “Two Kinds”, the author, Amy Tan, intends to make reader think of the meaning behind the story. She doesn’t speak out as an analyzer to illustrate what is the real problem between her and her mother. Instead, she uses her own point of view as a narrator to state what she has experienced and what she feels in her mind all along the story. She has not judged what is right or wrong based on her opinion. Instead of giving instruction of how to solve a family issue, the author chooses to write a narrative diary containing her true feeling toward events during her childhood, which offers reader not only a clear account, but insight on how the narrat...   [tags: Two Kinds, Amy Tan]

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Analysis Of Amy Tan 's The Joy Luck Club

- Joseph Campbell defines a hero as “someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself ” (Moyers 1). The Hero’s Journey consists of three major parts: the separation, the initiation and the return. Throughout a character’s journey, they must complete a physical or spiritual deed. A physical deed involves performing a daunting and courageous act that preserves the well-being of another person. A spiritual deed calls for action that improves another individual’s state of mind....   [tags: Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club, The Joy Luck Club]

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Amy Tan's Story Mother Tongue

- Amy Tan's Story Mother Tongue A good portion of Americans today speak English as their first language. However, what makes us different is that it is rare to find two people that speak the exact same English. This is the argument Amy Tan makes in her story “Mother Tongue”. A first-generation Asian American, Tan emigrated from China to Oakland, California, where she became a famous writer. She shares her personal story of the English she speaks, and how much the people you are around can change the way you converse....   [tags: Amy Tan Mother Tongue]

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Amy Tan's Mother Tongue

- Amy Tan's Mother Tongue In Mother Tongue, Amy Tan talks about how language influenced her life while growing up. Through pathos she explains to her audience how her experiences with her mother and the Chinese language she came to realize who she wanted to be and how she wanted to write. The author, Tan, has written the books The Joy Luck Club, and The Kitchen God's Wife. She is Asian-American, her parents are originally from China, but moved to Oakland, California. The audience in Tan's essay is people 20-35 years old who are culturally diverse....   [tags: Amy Tan Writing Chinese Essays]

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Literary Analysis Of Amy Tan 's The Joy Luck Club

- Literary Analysis of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club Born to Chinese immigrant parents, Amy Tan is a second-generation Chinese American. Although Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club (1989) isn’t strictly autobiographical, Tan has managed to slide bits and pieces of her life in the novel. Amy Tan’s novel The Joy Luck Club (1989) consists of four sections narrated by four Chinese Immigrant mothers and four of their American born Chinese daughters; The Joy Luck Club (1989) is divided into four main sections narrated in third person by the mothers and daughters....   [tags: United States, China, Overseas Chinese, Amy Tan]

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Amy Tan’s Search for Self-Identity: Intertwining Fiction and Biography

- Nearly two decades after Amy Tan was born, she began to uncover information that her family previously withheld from her. As time went on it, it started to consume her every thought, she found writing as an escape and used it as a tool to discover who she was individually. Many speculate as to whether Tan’s literature is a direct reflection of her personal experiences, there are countless similarities between the two. Tan and her mother had many barriers to overcome throughout the course of their relationship, and most of Tan’s work reflects distressed mother-daughter relationships....   [tags: joy luck club, amy tan, self identity]

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The Invisible Woman By Bharati Mukherjee And Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

- Both An Invisible Woman by Bharati Mukherjee and Mother Tongue by Amy Tan, are stories of women who have been held back and controlled by prejudice. In Mukherjee’s essay, she tells the story of herself living in Toronto and what it means to be a visible minority in big cities. Whereas, Tan speaks of her mother’s English, what it means to be a second generation Canadian, and how language and communication can hold people back. Both essays are based off the theme of prejudice, however, they are told from different perspectives and one woman seems content while the other frustrated and trapped....   [tags: Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club, Bharati Mukherjee]

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Amy Tan's Mother Tongue

- Amy Tan's Mother Tongue The Essay written by Amy Tan titled 'Mother Tongue' concludes with her saying, 'I knew I had succeeded where I counted when my mother finished my book and gave her understandable verdict' (39). The essay focuses on the prejudices of Amy and her mother. All her life, Amy's mother has been looked down upon due to the fact that she did not speak proper English. Amy defends her mother's 'Broken' English by the fact that she is Chinese and that the 'Simple' English spoken in her family 'Has become a language of intimacy, a different sort of English that relates to family talk' (36)....   [tags: English Language Amy Tan Mother Essays]

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Mother Daughter Relationship in Two Kinds by Amy Tan

- I’m not You, I’m Me For many of us growing up, our mothers have been a part of who we are. They have been there when our world was falling apart, when we fell ill to the flu, and most importantly, the one to love us when we needed it the most. In “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, it begins with a brief introduction to one mother’s interpretation of the American Dream. Losing her family in China, she now hopes to recapture part of her loss through her daughter. However, the young girl, Ni Kan, mimics her mother’s dreams and ultimately rebels against them....   [tags: Two Kinds, Amy Tan]

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East Meets the West in Two Kinds by Amy Tan

- Amy Tan‘s ―Two Kinds‖ is a tale of a young Chinese girl‘s life as an adolescent and the influence that her mother has on her growing up. Coming from a first-generation immigrant Korean family, I can‘t help but completely relate to growing up around that type of ―support.‖ Although my parents were fairly westernized in their way of thinking, we had an aunt living with us whom we affectionately called the Tiger Aunt growing up. 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....   [tags: Two Kinds, Amy Tan]

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Conflicting Points of View in Two Kinds by Amy Tan

- The story "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan is about a mother and daughter who have strong conflicting ideas about what it means to have a sense of self. This may be partly due to the mother growing up in China, which is a very different culture than the American culture where endless opportunities are available to anyone who wants to pursue them. Jing-mei's mother wants her daughter to be the best, a prodigy of sorts, and to have the kind of life, full of hopes and dreams that she did not have. In the beginning of the story Jing-mei liked the idea of becoming a prodigy however, the prodigy in her became impatient....   [tags: Two Kinds, Amy Tan]

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Transformation to Womanhood in Two Kinds by Amy Tan

- Transformation to Womanhood in Two Kinds For a lot of us growing up, our mothers have been an integral part of what made us who we are. They have been the one to forgive us when no one else could. They have been the one to comfort us when the world seemed to turn to evil. They have been the one to shelter us when the rain came pouring down. And most importantly, they have been the one to love us when we needed it the most. In "Two Kinds," by Amy Tan, Jing-mei is a young daughter of a Chinese immigrant....   [tags: Two Kinds, Amy Tan]

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Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

- Amy Tan's “The Joy Luck Club” The “Joy Luck Club,” by Amy Tan, is a collection of short stories about the relationships between Chinese born mothers and their American born daughters. The story called “Four Directions” is about a woman named Waverly Jong. The story is about Waverly trying to tell her mother that she is getting married to a American man named Richard. Waverly was a chess champion as while she was a young girl and she remembers the strategy that she used in her matches, and in her life, as she tries to tell her mother about a marriage to an American man....   [tags: Amy Tan Joy Luck Club Essays]

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Amy Tan’s A Mother’s Tongue

- Amy Tan’s A Mother’s Tongue The purpose of Amy Tan’s essay, “Mother Tongue,” is to show how challenging it can be if an individual is raised by a parent who speaks “limited English” (36) as Tan’s mother does, partially because it can result in people being judged poorly by others. As Tan’s primary care giver, her mother was a significant part of her childhood, and she has a strong influence over Tan’s writing style. Being raised by her mother taught her that one’s perception of the world is heavily based upon the language spoken at home....   [tags: Amy Tan A Mother’s Tongue]

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A Mother's Dream for her Daughter in Amy Tan's Two Kinds

- A Mother's Dream for her Daughter in Amy Tan's Two Kinds Amy Tan's short story, "Two Kinds" begins with a brief introduction to one mother's interpretation of the American dream. The Chinese mother who lost her family in her native homeland now hopes to recapture part of her loss through her daughter. Those of us who are parents want what is best for our children. We strive to make our children's futures better. In some cases, when our own dreams have either been destroyed or not realized, we project our dreams and wishes on our children....   [tags: Two Kinds, Amy Tan]

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Point of View in Amy Tan’s Short Story, Two Kinds

- Point of View in Amy Tan’s Short Story, Two Kinds In her short story "Two Kinds," Amy Tan utilizes the daughter's point of view to share a mother's attempts to control her daughter's hopes and dreams, providing a further understanding of how their relationship sours. The daughter has grown into a young woman and is telling the story of her coming of age in a family that had emigrated from China. In particular, she tells that her mother's attempted parental guidance was dominated by foolish hopes and dreams....   [tags: Two Kinds, Amy Tan]

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Mother Daughter Relationships in works by Chang Rae-Lee and Amy Tan

- The Power of a Mother In their articles, Chang Rae-Lee and Amy Tan establish a profound ethos by utilizing examples of the effects their mother-daughter/mother-son relationships have had on their language and writing. Lee’s "Mute in an English-Only World" illustrates his maturity as a writer due to his mother’s influence on growth in respect. Tan, in "Mother Tongue," explains how her mother changed her writing by first changing her conception of language. In any situation, the ethos a writer brings to an argument is crucial to the success in connecting with the audience; naturally a writer wants to present himself/herself as reliable and credible (Lunsford 308)....   [tags: Chang Rae Lee Amy Tan]

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Chinese Culture vs. American Culture in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

- Chinese Culture vs. American Culture in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club An author's cultural background can play a large part in the authors writing. Amy Tan, a Chinese-American woman, uses the cultural values of Chinese women in American culture in her novel, The Joy Luck Club. These cultural values shape the outcome of The Joy Luck Club. The two cultural value systems create conflict between the characters. In The Joy Luck Club, the chapter "Waiting Between the Trees" illustrates major concerns facing Chinese-American women....   [tags: Amy Tan The Joy Luck Club]

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Mother-Daughter Communication in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

- Mother-Daughter Communication in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club       Of the many stories involving the many characters of "The Joy Luck Club", I believe the central theme connecting them all is the inability of the mothers and their daughters to communicate effectively.    The mothers all have stories of past struggles and hard times yet do not believe their daughters truly appreciate this fact.  The mothers of the story all want their daughters to never have to go through the struggles they themselves had to go through, yet they are disappointed when their daughters grow up and do not exhibit the respect or strength of their mothers.  This is the ironic paradox of the story.    T...   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays Amy Tan Papers]

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Mother Daughter Relationships - Daughter Pushed to the Brink in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

- A Daughter Pushed to the Brink in Joy Luck Club      In Amy Tan's novel, Joy Luck Club, the mother of Jing-mei recognizes only two kinds of daughters: those that are obedient and those that follow their own mind. Perhaps the reader of this novel may recognize only two types of mothers: pushy mothers and patient mothers.  The two songs, "Pleading Child" and "Perfectly Contented," which the daughter plays, reinforce the underlying tension in the novel. These songs represent the feelings that the daughter, Jing-mei, has had throughout her life....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays Amy Tan Papers]

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The Life and Career of Amy Tan

- Amy Tan, an accomplished Chinese-American author, is well-known for her incorporation of her Chinese heritage into her works of literature. Amy Ruth Tan was born to John and Daisy Tan on February 19, 2952 (“Amy Tan Biography”). Although Amy Tan’s parents were both born in China, she was American born. Daisy Tan was born to a wealthy family in Shanghai, China. John Tan, on the other hand, was an electrical engineer and Baptist minister. Amy Tan’s parents met in a dangerous decade of the 1940’s in China while battles were being fought on all fronts....   [tags: Biography, Chinese-American Author]

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The Cult Of Ethnicity By Amy Tan

- According to Schlesinger, in "The Cult of Ethnicity" America was "inescapably English in language, ideas and institutions" and it still is. Amy Tan 's "Mother Tongue" supports that nothing has changed, America is still "inescapably English in language". To be treated as an American one has to speak fluent English and if one doesn 't it makes them seen and feel inferior, creating an image that non - English speakers don 't deserve respect. Therefore different ethnicities in America should assimilate to avoid discrimination....   [tags: United States, English language, Ethnic group]

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A Pair of Tickets by Amy Tan

- Amy Tan is a Chinese American writer, whose short stories portray the theme that finding the balance between heritage and culture is not always easy. This is seen through Amy Tan’s own life experience and through a couple of the many short stories she has written, for example, “Two Kinds”, “Rice Husband”, and “A Pair of Tickets”. In the following short stories, the daughter becomes everything the mother wished for, but meanwhile, the daughter becomes more American like and loses her Chinese values....   [tags: biography, two kinds, rice husband]

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A Pair Of Tickets By Amy Tan

- “The minute our train leaves the Hong Kong border and enters Shenzhen, China, I feel different. I can feel the skin on my forehead tingling, my blood rushing through a new course, my bones aching with a familiar old pain. And I think, my mother was right. I am becoming Chinese. (179). In the story A Pair of Tickets by Amy Tan, the protagonist character, Jing-mei, finds herself in several difficult situations due to how her social and cultural upbringing has shaped her. She finds herself pulled between her Chinese DNA and her American background....   [tags: Family, China, Short story, Sibling]

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A Pair Of Tickets By Amy Tan

- “A Pair of Tickets” The struggle of self identity as she realized that all this while, her mother was right. Once you are born Chinese, you cannot help but feel and think Chinese. Amy Tan’s “A Pair of Tickets” presents an incredibly interesting perspective of a woman named Jing mei who is traveling through her native country of china, embarks on this journey of self-discovery to find her true chinese roots. The opening scene of "A Pair of Tickets" is an appropriate setting for Jing mei remark of becoming Chinese, because the introduction grabs the audience attention....   [tags: Family, Sibling, Parent, Birth order]

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A Stolen Party, By Amy Tan

- Lillian Heker and Amy Tan are two fictional authors who illustrate varying perspectives on the social mores and social conditions surrounding their child protagonists. Heker exemplifies in her short story, A Stolen Party, an incident where a child is prejudicially judged based on parent’s social and economic status. She exemplifies an incident where her child protagonist receives differential treatment solely based on her family’s unfortunate financial status. She demonstrates that her protagonist’s personality and talents exceed those of a wealthy family’s child....   [tags: Sociology, Social status, Short story, Fiction]

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Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

- Amy Tan is the writer of the article Mother Tongue”. She is the author of different novels including children books, essays, and memoir. Tans work has appeared in McCall’s, Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, and other magazines. Her novel she is recognized the most for is The Joy Luck Club ( 1989). Amy Tan states that she is not a Scholar of English but a writer. Amy focuses on her mother much throughout this essay because she has learned through the experiences of her mother that people can be cruel to people they see as less off than what they are....   [tags: English language, Second language]

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Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

- Life is tough when one doesn’t speak the native language or is new to a country. “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan is a personal essay written in the first person point of view that tells the audience a story of a non-English speaker. Tan shares her story of how difficult it is for her mother to communicate with others. The presumption that people treat one another differently and with disrespect when one does not speak English is categorical truth. Tan’s purpose is to share her story and give the audiences the message of how tough life can be for non-English speakers because they have to work hard to achieve success; therefore, non-English speaker deserves the same respect as other people....   [tags: English language, Second language, French language]

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Mother Tongue by Amy Tan

- Identity and Culture Amy Tan’s ,“Mother Tongue” and Maxine Kingston’s essay, “No Name Woman” represent a balance in cultures when obtaining an identity in American culture.  As first generation Chinese-Americans both Tan and Kingston faced many obstacles. Obstacles in language and appearance while balancing two cultures. Overcoming these obstacles that were faced and preserving heritage both women gained an identity as a successful American. In the work of Amy Tan’s “Mother’s Tongue” she provides a look into how she adapted her language to assimilate into American culture....   [tags: identity, culture, women]

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Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

- In the story "Mother Tongue" the author Amy Tan talks about the "languages" that she uses to communicate with her mother and also to the people. Tan is adore by the language and she said that she loves language and she enjoys it. "I am someone who always loved language, I am fascinated by language in daily life" (Tan, 358). In the story Tan talks about her mother 's English which she calls "broken". Her mother is Chinese immigrant who doesn 't speak English very well. That was one reason when Tan was young she used to make a phone calls for her mother to avoid misunderstanding and solve some problems....   [tags: Second language, English language, Lingua franca]

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Mother Tongue, by Amy Tan

- Despite growing up amidst a language deemed as “broken” and “fractured”, Amy Tan’s love for language allowed her to embrace the variations of English that surrounded her. In her short essay “Mother Tongue”, Tan discusses the internal conflict she had with the English learned from her mother to that of the English in her education. Sharing her experiences as an adolescent posing to be her mother for respect, Tan develops a frustration at the difficulty of not being taken seriously due to one’s inability to speak the way society expects....   [tags: Mother Tongue Essays]

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Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

- In her narrative Mother Tongue, Amy Tan speaks of how the English language has shaped her life, drawing from personal experiences in her early life, to her daily use of English in the present. Tan begins her narrative by identifying her own “mother tongue”, which is simply the broken English her mother uses and has been accustomed to. Tan says that due to her mother’s broken English some are unable to understand her, thereby limiting Tan’s mother to function properly in our English speaking society....   [tags: English language, United Kingdom]

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Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

- Mother Tongue by Amy Tan America is a melting pot; it is filled with people with different backgrounds. Many people settled here in America as an immigrant to have more opportunities to start a better life. Many people came here with nothing but their cultures, knowledge, beliefs and behaviors which they shared amongst others in society. In society, starting with the earlier generation there was shared culture of classes, although everyone portrays immigrants as the lowest class. They are always disliked particularly for coming here as an immigrant, even though most people have very similar backgrounds whether they want to admit it or not....   [tags: Communication, Need, Want, English language]

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Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

- Mother Tongue by Amy Tan America is much diversified; it is filled with people with different backgrounds. Many people settled here in America as an immigrant to have more opportunities to start a better life. Many people came here with nothing but their cultures, knowledge, beliefs and behaviors which they shared amongst others in society. In society, starting with the earlier generation there was shared culture of classes, although everyone portrays immigrants as the lowest class. They are always disliked particularly for coming here as an immigrant, even though most people have very similar backgrounds, whether they want to admit it or not....   [tags: Communication, Need, Want, English language]

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Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

- The article Mother Tongue, by Amy Tan is a personal look into how language, and the dialects of that language, can affect a person 's life. It 's a look into how the people inside the cultural circles who use dialect derivatives of a major language are treated by people who exist outside of those cultural circles. It shows us how society treats a person using a "broken" or "limited" dialect, and how society 's treatment of these people can also affect the children who grow up using these "broken" dialects....   [tags: Language, Dialect, English language]

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Two Kinds by Amy Tan

- Amy Tan makes her readers think about the meaning behind her story “Two Kinds”. She tells the story from her own point of view to state her experiences and how she is feeling all throughout the story. She does not state what is right or wrong based strict on her opinion. She does not give instruction about solving a family crisis, instead, she writes her story as a sort of diary expressing how she felt about her childhood events. Readers are offered an accounting of those events, as well as insight about how the author felt frustrated because she failed to meet her mother’s high expectations of her....   [tags: narrative novel, author's frustration, piano]

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Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

- ‘Mother Tongue’ is a short story written by Amy Tan for American literary magazine, The Threepenny Review (Shea, n.d.). This text raises ideas around the way we speak or use language throughout our daily lives, and what truly counts as ‘proper’ English. When first viewing this text, we can see that it appears to be a story or article written specifically for a collective-style book or magazine. Key style points that prove this are the author’s name located underneath the title of the piece above the beginning of the story, and also her name and the title placed in the right upper corners of the pages....   [tags: English language, Language, Dialect]

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Amy Tan's The Joyluck Club

- ... When Ted tells her that he wants to have a divorce, she sulks for a few days, but then realizes her problem. Calling him over, she gives him the divorce papers, his name still there, but lacking hers. His shock was appropriate, since the viewers too felt the same surprise. The story takes a powerful turn, as Rose "felt nothing, no fear, no anger" (219). She no longer feared disappointing him and being different from him. She developed from the little girl who would listen to others, into an adult who made her own decisions....   [tags: story analysis]

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Amy Tan

- Amy Tan was born February 19, 1952 in Oakland California. Her family lived in several communities in Northern California, both parents are Chinese immigrants. Her father named John Tan was an electrical engineer, he also had a second job as a Baptist minister. He came to America to escape the turmoil of the Chinese Civil War. Amy’s mother is named Daisy who inspires her book The Kitchen God’s Wife. Her mother divorces her first husband who abused her, but had custody of her three daughters. She escapes on the last boat to leave Shanghai before the communist took over....   [tags: Biography]

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Author Amy Tan

- One’s ability to craft their own identity often starts out with determining their inner set of ideologies and values. New York Times bestselling author, Amy Tan, is one of many great examples who was able to mirror her own values into her bestselling novel, The Kitchen God’s Wife. Known for incorporating mother-daughter relationships into her stories, Tan uses her novel to allow readers an inside look into her personal set of beliefs and values. The story follows a Chinese immigrant living in America, Winnie, who tries to reconnect with her “Americanized” daughter by reciting her story of the struggles she faced while living in Shanghai....   [tags: New York Times Bestseller, The Kitchen God's Wife]

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Pretentious Mothers in Williams’ The Glass Menagerie and Amy Tans’ Two Kinds

- In the play The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams and the short story “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, a theme of embattled control is established through the association with their children. William’s long-winded Amanda is an overpowering, delusional Southern belle mother. Dead set on finding her slightly handicapped daughter Laura a suitable husband, and dictating how her creative, yet bored, son Tom should conduct himself in life. Amanda, through her nagging and domineering instructions over everything each of her children do, from how they eat, to how they should live out their lives, pushes them into mental seclusion....   [tags: Two Kinds, Amy Tan]

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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

- Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, a famous novel about the relationship between two generations, mother and daughter. Tan is an American-Chinese woman, whose parents are both Chinese immigrants. In order to meet the high expectation of her mother, Tan had to go through many hardships. Around five years old, she already knew the taste of pressure when her mother was displeased at her just because her picture was not hanged in the Principal’s Office. Growing up in America, Tan also realizes the differences between two cultures....   [tags: two generations, chinese women]

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`` Achieving A Goal Is Nothing `` By Amy Tan

- Jules Michelet once stated, “Achieving a goal is nothing. The getting there is everything.” This quote reveals that all goals are not hard to achieve, it is the journey that is difficult. These factors can either hinder individuals from achieving their goals or some use the negative as a stepping stone. According to “Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space” by Brent Staples and “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan, this quote becomes relatable. Staples and Tan experience many internal and external factors that impeded their goals....   [tags: Racism, African American, Discrimination]

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The Joy Luck Club By Amy Tan

- One function of a novel is to allow readers to gain insight on new perspectives. We expect that reading a novel will provide us with various perspectives and ideas to relate to our own realities. Throughout history, postmodernists have used literature to prove that an objective reality does not exist. Fictional books allow readers to connect to the characters more easily and therefore understand the various perspectives of characters. In her novel The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan uses defamiliarization to show the reader perspectives on America that they may be unaware of....   [tags: Chinese language, China, Overseas Chinese, Spain]

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Amy Tan 's Rules Of The Game

- Should successful parents give up everything, including their happiness for their children. Some parents do this way, but the answer should be no because it is human nature to love their children, but it is inevitable for people to spoil their children. In Amy Tan’s Rules of the Game, it tells the story between a traditional Chinese mother from rural China who emigrated to the United States around 1950s and a daughter who grew up in the United States. Tan describes in detail the way the mother educates her daughter Waverly as an oriental female....   [tags: Family, Parent, Daughter, Mother]

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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

- The Joy Luck Club One of the central themes in writing of the second generation Asian Americans is the search of identity and individual acceptance in American society. In the last few decades, many Asian Americans have entered a time of increased awareness of their racial and cultural identity built on their need to establish their unique American identity. In the book The Joy Luck Club, which revolves around four mother-daughter Asian American families whose mothers migrated from China to America and raised their daughters as Americans, we see the cultural struggle and differences by looking at their marriages, suffering and sacrifice, and their use of language in the novel....   [tags: asian americnas, identity]

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The Joy Luck Club By Amy Tan

- In Amy Tan short story, The Joy Luck Club, she reveals personal challenges that hint the reader of gender roles in that specific society. Men and women each have specific standards and expectations in the society. The men are often viewed as the one who work all day to support their families financially. While the women, are often viewed as housewives that have to provide the basic and sentimental care to their families. The author shares that "The man who was my husband brought me and our two babies to Keweilin because he thought we would be safe" (Tan 74)....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Man, Woman]

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Amy Tan 's Mother Tongue

- In the essay “Mother Tongue” Amy Tan, the author, gives a different, a more upbeat outlook on the various forms of English that immigrants speak as they adapt to the American culture. Using simple language to develop her argument, she casually communicates to the audience rather than informing which helps the audience understand what is being presented at ease. Her mother plays an important role in her outlook of language, because she helps her realize that language not only allows one to be a part of a culture but create one’s identity in society....   [tags: English language, Commonwealth of Nations]

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Amy Tan 's Mother Tongue

- If you are not fluent in a language, you probably don 't give much thought to your ability to make your personality attractive, to be in touch with the people and be understood in your world, that doesn’t mean you are an underestimated person. Every person has something special to make them more unique, remarkable, and gorgeous between people. The opinions could lead towards success, or those opinions could be one that is losing, and have a negative impact on how people connect with you....   [tags: English language, Second language]

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Analysis Of Amy Tan 's Writing

- In this article, Amy Tan, demonstrates that it is her mother’s imperfect English that makes a difference to her success in writing area. She recalls her childhood memory that she used to her describe mother’s English as “broken” and this “limited” language level gives Tan restriction of perceiving people. She feels embarrassed and ashamed of her mother’s English and sometimes pretend she’s not listening to her or even ignores her intentionally. Tan believes that a person’s language ability directly has impact on how others treat his or her....   [tags: Confidence, Self-confidence, English language]

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Amy Tan 's Mother Tongue

- Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue” was a short exploration of the variety of English’s between her mother and the public. Tan is a Chinese American novelist, who writes about the difficulties she experienced. She opens up her text with a brief explanation on how she is not the best at English and how she uses more than one. She tells a brief story of the time she, her husband, and her mother were out looking at furniture. When speaking to her mother and sometimes her husband, Tan used a different spoken English....   [tags: United States, English language, Second language]

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Amy Tan 's Fish Cheeks

- What does it mean to possess confidence. Confidence is one word that has a vast impact on today’s society. Without confidence one’s whole life could and will be turned completely upside down. The meaning of confidence is having, without a doubt, total belief in oneself. Self-confidence is something that cannot be taught, but instead learned through personal experience. The autobiographical narrative, “Fish Cheeks,” by Amy Tan, is about a fourteen-year-old girl who describes her thoughts and feelings about the minister’s son and reveals to the reader that she is not accepting of herself....   [tags: Shame, Embarrassment, Blushing, Humiliation]

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Mother Tongue by Amy Tan

- English is an invisible gate. Immigrants are the outsiders. And native speakers are the gatekeepers. Whether the gate is wide open to welcome the broken English speakers depends on their perceptions. Sadly, most of the times, the gate is shut tight, like the case of Tan’s mother as she discusses in her essay, "the mother tongue." People treat her mother with attitudes because of her improper English before they get to know her. Tan sympathizes for her mother as well as other immigrants. Tan, once embarrassed by her mother, now begins her writing journal through a brand-new kaleidoscope....   [tags: broken english, native english speakers]

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A Pair of Tickets, by Amy Tan

-      Amy Tan’s classic short story, “A Pair of Tickets”, is a coming of age story as the protagonist wakes up to her heritage when she travels to her native land, but it is also a story of internal racial tension. Not in the sense of one class looking down on another but of the internal racial tension that rages on inside Jing-mei as the battle between what she is by birth and what she is by nature tears her apart when she suddenly discovers her long lost sisters just a month after her mother dies....   [tags: A Pair of Tickets Essays]

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A Pair of Tickets by Amy Tan

- "A Pair of Tickets" by Amy Tan In the story "A Pair of Tickets," by Amy Tan, a woman by the name of Jing-mei struggles with her identity as a Chinese female. Throughout her childhood, she "vigorously denied" (857) that she had any Chinese under her skin. Then her mother dies when Jing-Mei is in her 30's, and only three months after her father receives a letter from her twin daughters, Jing-Mei's half sisters. It is when Jing-mei hears her sisters are alive, that she and her dad take a trip overseas to meet her relatives and finally unites with her sisters....   [tags: American Literature]

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A Pair of Tickets Amy Tan

- A Pair of Tickets Amy Tan Amy Tan’s A Pair Of Tickets is a story concerning family and roots. June May, like the author herself, was a Chinese born in USA and grew up with an American background culture, whereas her mother grew up in China and then immigrated to America. Looking at the repeated words, we discussed that one there are many words such as mother, sister, father and Aiyi. Most of the characters in this story belong to one family, June May’s family. It suggests to us that the tale is about relations and where we stand in our family....   [tags: essays papers]

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Two Kinds by Amy Tan

- Two Kinds is a story about mother-daughter relationship – Suyuan and Jing-mei. Suyuan believed that America is where her dreams will be fulfilled. She thought that her daughter, Jing-mei, would be the one to realize them. Jing-mei, on the other hand, was a confused child at first. She was led to believe that she can be someone. 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. The story is a clash between two individuals from two different generations and beliefs (Suyuan who basically grew up in China; and Jing-mei who was born and raised in United States)....   [tags: mother, daughter, family, relationships]

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Amy Tan Overcoming Faulty Relationships and Self Identity

- ... Mothers never fully realized though that their good intentions were not always in the best interest of their daughters. In Tan’s life her mother wanted her to be a concert pianist and even a neurosurgeon, but Tan instead became a writer (McCarthy). Unlike her mother, Tan did not believe she could be anything special but herself (Showalter 798). Many of the women in Tan’s books did not know what kind of person they were. The scholar, Gary Weiner, observes that “Being simultaneously insider (a person who identifies strongly with her cultural group) and outsider (deviant and rebel against that tradition), she cannot figure out from which perspective to speak” (42)....   [tags: Chinese American authors]

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