Jing-Mei wants to establish her own identity apart from her mother and feels that she can be successful through her own efforts and determination. It is not enough that Jing-mei be merely successful, however. Chong, an elderly piano teacher, who is deaf and whose eyes are too weak to tell when Jing-mei is playing the wrong notes. These songs represent the feelings that the daughter, Jing-mei, has had throughout her life. The conflict results in a rebellious independence. In some stories, characters try to find out who they really are.
Tan talks about how she was praying for the blonde haired boy and a slim new American nose. 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. The society suppose so much of the next generation that will lead the world one day, it is over whelming all the hopes we need to accomplish to become the ideal generation. Tan is an American-Chinese woman, whose parents are both Chinese immigrants. In Two Kinds, Amy Tan builds up the romantic concept of cultural origins and lost ethnic essence in order to radically undermine and reconfigure the notion of an ethnic essence. She thought that her daughter, Jing-mei, would be the one to realize them.
Once arriving at Customs, the real differences pop out when the passengers are separated into two groups: U. My father grew up in rural Eastern Europe and my mother was raised in Central America. 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. She is sincere and hard working. Part of these difficulties are caused by the 'clash of cultures' that the heroines in both stories experience. This would simply not be possibly if the focus was on a wider range of characters.
Chong is deaf, she is lazy and gets away with lots of mistakes. Haircuts, clothing, and patterns of speech are just a few of the examples of life imitating art. Nothing was good enough for her; she always wanted better for her daughter. But, the basic maternal love and desire cannot be different. In 1974, she was named U. The two contrasting pieces of music represent the defiance of women to standards of femininity set by 1820 Words 8 Pages Two Kinds is a story about mother-daughter relationship Suyuan and Jing-mei. As an adult, when she was offered the piano, she knew that her mother had forgiven her.
At her recital, she was confident she could do it, but because she did not take her lessons seriously, it ended shamefully for her and for her parents. She looked to her daughter to become the prodigy that she saw on the television and in magazines 1514 Words 7 Pages Amy Tan struggled with many issues caused by her dual cultures, which she expressed thoroughly in her works. Her mother and father had proudly invited some members of their club to come watch her perform. My mother always said that if you try hard enough you would be able to be who ever you want. I pictured this prodigy part of me as many different images, trying each one on for size. And most importantly, they have been the one to love us when we needed it the most. Summary The story takes place in America.
Symbolism In this story by Amy Tan the piano was one of the main symbols of the story. She does not state what is right or wrong based strict on her opinion. 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. Jing-mei, on the other hand, was a confused child at first. However, she cares tremendously what her mother thinks of her.
The Chinese mother who lost her family in her native homeland now hopes to recapture part of her loss through her daughter. The conflict results in a rebellious independence. A mother tries to live her life through her daughter and her daughter rebels. Jing-mei began to play the song that caused the breaking point of her relationship with her mother. In today's society, each individual is living his or her life in different a way than others. She was at first reluctant to accept it. Defiance blinds us that even when we recognize our own strenghts and weaknesses, we sometimes refuse to let it show just to prove that others are wrong.
This shows the difference perceptions of the two generations and they do not share the same views on things. She tells the story from her own point of view to state her experiences and how she is feeling all throughout the story. At first they lived in the Netherlands and eventually settling in Monteux, Switzerland where Tan completed high school. There are many social forces that exert influences on people. She tells her mother that she is not a genius and she should be left to be who she is. Woo, who seeks only the best from her daughter.