One is not a mature adult until one acknowledges and excepts their identity. June May visits China to fulfill her mother’s desire of finding her long abandoned twins thus identifying what it means to be born into two nationalities. June is a young American born Asian and like most Americans June desires acceptance and popularity to fit in. May being a child of two Immigrants often found that her skin tone was a severe limitation when trying to assimilate, stating, “I was fifteen and had vigorously denied that I had any Chinese whatsoever below my skin” (Tan 190). Being of two nationalities May demonstrates her struggle to adapt to an American society because of her Chinese decent clouding
It is said that mothers and daughters have the closest bond on earth. This is the only relation where people can truly and blindly trust each other, but this relation can vary in different situations. In most families where both the mother and the daughter have the same root, they seem to have a good relationship with their mothers because they share the same point of view. In “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, the mother’s harsh rules and Jing-Mei’s quick decisions have made Jing-Mei regret later in life. Similarly, in “Saving Sourdi” by May-Lee Chai, Sourdi’s mother’s traditional ways of living has made Sourdi to suffer through an abusive marriage.
“America was where all my mother’s hopes lay” (Tan 308). This indicates that her mother has ambition about living a better life in America. However, she decides to live her young life vicariously. She pressures her daughter into attempting to find a talent so that she can become the next prodigy in America. These activities consist of having Jing-Mei becoming a “Chinese Shirley Temple” by attending beauty training school, she tests anything that Jing-Mei should know, and she forces Jing-Mei into playing the piano.
.sure her own [looks were] all right” (988), wanted to become independent and do things that not every girl her age does, faces a male who wants her, but she does not want him, she begins to become afraid. The story shows that Connie was not prepared for Arnold Friend’s despite her actions beforehand. Connie is the opposite of her sister, June. June is a goodie-to-shoes while Connie wants to be her own person. Her mother always nags on Connie saying that she should be like June who follows the rules and is a good role model.
Raised in China as the daughter of missionaries her entire childhood, Pearl had a deep understanding of culture that was lacking in the lives of American authors of that time. Pearl S. Buck was significant to American literature because of her overseas experience and her multinational heritage. Born in June of 1892, Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker was a miracle child to her parents, being the first of four children to survive infancy (Conn 22). Shortly after her first few months of life, her parents, Absalom and Carie, returned with
“My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America-America was where all my mother's hopes lay,” (Tan). In this quote from the excerpt we see the views most people have coming to America from another country. “I was just as excited as my mother, I pictured this prodigy part of me as many different images,” (Tan). In this quote we can see how the daughter has the same view as her mother concerning their future. Due to their same cultural views and experiences, such as, coming from a hard life in China they have similar views on the world and
One’s perspective is affected by their environment, their surroundings, and the culture they choose to adapt. Due to everybody’s unique cultural identity, we are all different, however, to others, one might be viewed as simple-minded or alien, as shown in “An Indian Father’s Plea”. An example from the essay would be “...I can't understand why you have already labeled him a ‘slow learner’ ”. The son was stereotyped because he is different, darker, and unlike the other ‘white’ children. Both part of distinct culture, the Indians and white people, were educated and nourished differently.
While her reasons for courage are based on the time period this story takes place, there are still woman today who receive scrutiny for not having children or not wanting to get married.It is the ideal that has been passed on from generation to generation that a women must have a family in order to be perceived as successful, yet Mademoiselle Reisz "found it good to dream and to be alone and unmolested" (80). Mademoiselle Reisz's character represents woman who feel as though they are meant for much more than the title wife and mother.
In The Joy Luck Club, Lindo Jong’s rural Chinese family depends on a matchmaker to find “the best marriage combination” for their daughter (Tan 50). Lindo herself acknowledges the decision and recognizes that she has “no choice” in the matter for the majority of her childhood (Tan 51). In “Matrimony with a Proper Stranger,” Rajiv asked his parents to arrange his marriage. They were the ones that took it upon themselves to “seek out suitable partners” for their son (Helft 84). For families in the Chinese countryside, the wisdom of matchmakers and the compatibility of zodiacs had a heavy influence on the perceived outlook of one’s marriage.
The short story “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, outlines the life of a young girl Jing-Mei and her Chinese immigrant mother. Her mother came to America in the hopes of regaining a new and better life after her losses in China. Jing-Mei’s mother wants her to develop or present some kind of special talent, as she believes that America presents the opportunity for prodigies. Jing-Mei becomes so set in her ways and so consumed with pride that it took a toll on the relationship with her mother. “Two Kinds” displays the internal struggles and stress on a unstable mind of a child due to her mother’s high expectations.