Essays On Two Kinds By Amy Tan
A feud started and Jing-mei said many things that hurt her mother.
In this argument, Jing-mei said, "You want me to be someone that I'm not. "Ã¯Â¿Â½ "Them" refers to her mother's twin baby girls who died back in China. Over the years, Jing-mei's mother slowly forgave her hurtful words.
She's not precisely sure where her daughter's talents lie, but she is sure that her daughter possesses great ability — it is simply a matter of finding the right avenue for Jing-mei's talents. Woo tries to mold her daughter into a child actress, but that doesn't work.
Then she tries intellectual tests clipped from popular magazines.
The story portrays Chinese mothers to have very high expectations.
With broken English, she is presented as a non-emotional mother with a strict attitude. It is evident that she had high hopes for her daughter, but was too stubborn to hear what Jing-mei wanted.
Halfway through the song, though, she begins to realize how badly she is playing.Jing-mei doesn't show promise in this area, either. Woo hits upon the answer: Jing-mei will be a piano virtuoso. Woo trades housecleaning services for Jing-mei's piano lessons from Mr.Chong, an elderly piano teacher, who is deaf and whose eyes are too weak to tell when Jing-mei is playing the wrong notes. Chong's efforts are so sincere that Jing-mei picks up the basics, but she is so determined not to cooperate that she plays very badly.Because she was never able to have opportunities like her daughter, it was obvious Jing-mei's mother wanted to live her life through her daughter.She wanted to give a life to Jing-mei that she, as a woman, could never have back in China.I'll never be the kind of daughter you want me to be." Her mother said, "Only two kinds of daughters, those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind."Ã¯Â¿Â½ Later Jing-mei said,"Ã¯Â¿Â½ Then I wish I weren't your daughter. Lastly, to hurt her mother, Jing-mei yells, "Then I wish I'd never been born! On Jing-mei's 30th birthday, her mother offered her the piano she had once played.After opening a Schumann book, Jing-mei played the song "Pleading Child."Ã¯Â¿Â½ On the other side of the page, there was a piece titled "Perfectly Content."Ã¯Â¿Â½ She realized they were two halves of the same song. In this story the most obvious example of two kinds are the two kinds of daughters the mother identifies, an obedient and the kind that follow their own minds.On the other hand, Jing-mei is an extremely Americanized daughter, with a disobedient attitude.Jing-mei must deal with the expectations of her Chinese background.One day, the Woos meet Lindo Jong and her daughter Waverly. Jong brags about Waverly's success as a chess prodigy.Not to be outdone, Jing-mei's mother brags about her daughter's "natural pride," and the young girl immediately becomes even more determined than ever to thwart her mother's ambitions. Woo scrapes together enough money to buy a secondhand piano.