“I couldn't possibly tell anyone the truth: how worthless and ugly Niang made me feel most of the time…” (54). It is important because it supports the belief that Adeline feels despised by her family. This proves that Niang is seriously affecting her stepdaughter's feelings. Adeline is treated unfairly by her family, especially by her parents. In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah’s story about her childhood experiences, she suffered and she wasn't happy, but she always knew things would get better someday.
Family in Chinese Culture As shown in Amy Tan's short stories A Pair of Tickets, Immortal Heart, and Two Kinds, one can see the importance of family in Chinese culture. In the piece A Pair of Tickets, it is shown how hard Jing-mei's mother Suyuan looks for the twin babies she is forced to leave behind. Her effort is shown when Jing-mei's father recalls the travels, saying, "We went to many different cities, back to Kweilin, to Changsha, as far south as Kunming. She was always looking out of one corner of her eye for twin babies, then little girls" (Tan, A Pair of . . . " 163, 164).
In “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, Jing-mei discovers herself though rebellion. As the daughter of an immigrant, she feels pressured by her mother to follow the American dream by being a child prodigy. However, as she fails at task after task, Jing-mei’s hopeful attitude shifts. Abandoning her positivity, she determines to underperform at everything she attempts. Jing-mei evolves from an optimistic girl to a spiteful rebel as a defense mechanism against her mother’s pressure, carrying her rebellious identity until she reaches peace later in adulthood.
Culture is the one thing in this world that is truly diverse. All walks of life, all around the world, live differently in their own unique way based off of their beliefs. Amy Tan, the author of The Joy Luck Club, experienced this separation in her own life with her mother who was a Chinese immigrant. Amy being raised in America was influenced by a different culture than her mother, which at times put a wedge between their relationship. Along with that Amy was born in a dynamically different generation than her mother.
Growing up is a hard time, and for the three most important characters in the short stories, “Two Kinds,” “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant,” and “Fish Cheeks” it certainly is no different. It makes them feel unacknowledged when all they want is just independence and acceptance of the ones that they find to be important to them. Acceptance is something every person wants to gain from everyone, it just is not something focused on commonly. For Jing-Mei in the story “Two Kinds” acceptance is not something often found in their family.
Despite all of that, “Chua’s two daughters are both successful and happy in school, in music and in sports” (Wang). Chua’s two daughters are both happy and successful despite all the criticism she got from the public, which shows that the Asian way she chose was the best for her children. If, on the other hand, parents decide to do the opposite and be more lax, it would be much more detrimental to a child’s health. In fact, the Bible says, “because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in” (New International Version, Prov. 3:12). This implies that discipline is very important and in fact shows that the parent cares very much for the child’s future and wellbeing.
Short Story Analysis: Two Kinds In America, you can be anything you want according to Junes mother Suyuan. The story “Two Kinds” is about a young girl named June whose mother tries just about everything in her power to make her daughter into a child prodigy. The mother Suyuan moved to America from China after losing everything including her twin daughters, and is now pushing her only daughter June almost every day to become big in any field of talent she can. While experimenting these different fields, June finds herself not being able to be the best at them and feels as though her mother does not like her as she is and that she will never be able to make her proud. The author of “Two Kinds”, Amy Tan creates a touching story by making the mother a static protagonist because she tries to make her daughter into someone she’s not, puts pressure and emotional stress on the main character, and doesn’t accept her daughter for who she already is.
The sister in China has no freedom, while the sister in America has gained freedom by rebelling against her Chinese background. The sister in china “ never left home” because “to move was a luxury stolen from (her) at birth”. The women living in China were oppressed by the men and their lives were mostly restricted to the confinements of their home. They were expected to pursue domestic roles at homeThey were regarded as the weaker gender, meant to stay at home and “quiet” the “noisy stomachs” by being the caretaker of the family. They did not have any freedom at all and the poet has used vivid imagery to portray this in the second stanza.
In Amy Tan’s novel excerpt, “Two Kinds”, a Chinese mother has high expectations for her daughter who has different ideals from that of her mother. Her mother believes that Jing-Mei should be raised the way she grew up in China after moving to America. In the beginning of the novel both Jing Mei as well as her mother saw America as the Land of Opportunity where
In the story “ Two Kinds” Amy Tan presents the theme ¨Be grateful for what you have when you have it because nothing is forever¨ through the main characters Ni kan and her mother and also through foreshadowing. Tan takes you through a story of a girl and her mother as they both individually learn a good life lesson. Ni kan is the main character who strongly helps develop the theme ¨Be grateful for what you have when you have it because nothing is forever.¨ Ni kan is forced to be this “prodigy” child, this perfect being, that her mother pushes her to be. She tried to be what seems like nearly everything starting at a Chinese Shirley Temple to a Piano Player. Ni kan’s mother pushed her hard.
In amy tan’s “ fish cheeks “, Tan’s uses a motif to express her main message. The motif that is carried throughout the story is culture and a message she ties into that is that always keep culture close to who you are. In the short story tan tells us something she learned from her mom was if you are “want[ing] to be the same as american on the outside… but [on the] inside you must always be chinese.” ( tan 7 ) tan tells us this because she wants us to realize that it doesn't matter who or what we are; meaning if we are wanting to be american great but keep your culture close to and apart of you.
Examining Generational Change toward the American Dream in Two kinds Two kinds, a short story by Amy Tan, explores the relationship between an immigrant mother and her first generation daughter. The mother, who has faith in the American dream, values the belief that to be happy, you have to be famous and change yourself; Ni Kan, the daughter, yearns for a personality of her own. Tan characterize these women as foils to each other. As a result of them being foils, they’re relationship is strained and they never have a close bond until Ni Kan grows older. Tan uses these characters to show that with each generation the American dream is changed.
“But What Do You Mean” Relating to Society The question, “why do men and women so often communicate badly, if at all?” Has influenced and motivated Tannen. In “But What Do You Mean” by Deborah Tannen, she discusses many areas of difficulty in communication between men and women. Tannen’s purpose was for her readers to understand the importance of communication, she also has identified several ways in which men and women miscommunicate, and she has taught her readers a few things about our society and how it can be improved.
The essay "Mother's Tongue" is written by Amy tan and published in 1990. In her essay she talks about languages and how they all vary especially how the English language varied in her life. She talks about all the "Englishes" she knew and used growing up. She has become a successful author and had attended events were she was invited to talk about her book. In one of those events she took her mother and during her speech she realized the way she was talking to the group of people was different from the way she would talk to her mom.