In the beginning of the story, Tan describes the mother as a stereotypical Chinese mother, who can be labeled as very strict. The mother was very determined, to make her child, Jing-Mei a success, “instantly famous...or a child prodigy.” Jing-Mei was forced to take piano lessons by a former piano teacher, who was deaf. Chinese children can be stereotyped as studious and obedient. Many Chinese families may fit into these stereotypes, but not every single one of them does and Tan exposes that in her story. Jing-Mei didn’t fit in the stereotype she, “ was so determined not to try, not to be anybody different, [she] learned to play only the most ear-splitting preludes, the most discordant hymns,” on the piano.
Jing Mei, while portrayed as an obedient child, is only willing to listen to her mother to a certain extent. Throughout the story, it is consistently hinted that Jing Mei would eventually explode against her mother as an attempt to free herself from her mother’s chains. In addition, after the fiasco at the piano recital, she eventually derives further from her mother’s wishes as she “didn 't get straight A...didn 't become class president...didn 't get into Stanford...dropped out of college.” (54). On the flip side, Jing Mei’s mother is a stereotypical Chinese parent who is fully determined to ensure her daughter’s success in a new environment. However, this determination sometimes appears to be obsessive to the point of running her daughter’s life for her.
Grasping the same idea, she held onto her hard time back in her home. Jing-mei is her last hope to prove that her homeland can be just as talented as Americans. To follow through with this objective, her mother bends over backwards in search of the "right" kind of prodigy for her daughter. Although Jing-mei determinedly upsets her mother 's desires to make her a prodigy, it was as if it were decades afterwards in life that she picks up the understanding into her mother 's basic motives. This exposition will endeavor that "Two Kinds" is a compelling story to bring to light on the issues of identity.
Kai-Li Liao Chinese foot binding is a practice for girls in China as an objective to restrict the growth of the feet, and it is to be believed that women with smaller feet are more beautiful that the ones with bigger feet. Examples are the women with feet size that measure 3 inches perfectly are called lotus of the gold and 4 inches considered silver lotus and the ones exceeding 4 inches are called iron lotus.The very start of Chinese foot binding was during the Sung dynasty (960-1279 A.D) when a Chinese emperor favored a concubine that binds her foot so she can dance ballet on her toes and sooner or later this practice became very fashionable and spread throughout China. Although Chinese traditional foot binding has lasted for
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 . .
This information lets the reader realize that Jing-mei is all her mother has left. Just like any other parent, her mother wants the best for Jing-mei, especially because Jing-mei is all her mother has left. When the main character was young, she was perfectly fine with her mother trying to make her into a prodigy. Jing-mei would look forward to becoming famous like her mom wanted. The author mentions this by writing, “I liked the haircut, and it made me actually
Obviously, her poems spoke her truth and were very detailed in the sense that she wrote from the heart. She chose to write without a filter in front of her and wrote what she really believed was right. Another heavy influence in her work was the concept of living life to the fullest. In her poems, it was obvious that she did not intend on wasting any time and rather wanted to make the most of her opportunities. She writes, “I keep on dying, because I love to live,” in her poem “The Lesson.” Lastly, Angelou commonly wrote about her internal struggles through life.
I find it disturbing that a father would kill their child if it was a girl. I know that having a male was more valued than a female, but they should not go as far as killing a child or treat her like a "slave". Another fact I was knowledgeable about before reading “Injustices to Chinese Woman” was the reason for binding a woman’s foot in this era was a symbol of beauty in the Chinese culture. Women with smaller feet were considered very beautiful. Now I don’t actually understand how the size of a foot can depict beauty or wealth, but I found this to be an extremely ridiculous and painful practice in a culture.
Throughout the story, Jing-mei’s feeling toward her mother change in critical ways. As a young child, Jing-mei wants constant attention from her mother, going so far as agreeing to become a child prodigy. In the story, Jing-mei commented, “In fact, in the beginning, I was just as excited as my mother, maybe even more so” (Tan 221). This was before her mother becomes highly adamant about wanting her child to become a prodigy. As time went on, she wanted Jing-mei to become the epitome of a child star.
The tradition of Chinese foot binding caused a horrendous amount of pain, only for the stupid excuse of aesthetics. Foot binding is the practice of breaking and binding the feet to resemble a lotus. It’s widely debated over when and who started it, but it’s certain that the elites in China helped it spread. It started off as something fashionable and morphed into it being Prince 6 almost enforced. There have been many strange beauty trends among many cultures.