By now, Jing-Mei knew who she was, and that was not the person her mother was driving her to be. I liked the story because I could relate in some parts. She was very confident and thought that her prodigy do exist. Even though she was not sure what her talent was, she expected her to have one. Jing-mei will not have to undergo any of her mother's hardships — the terror and privations of war, the tragedy of losing children, and the difficulties of settling in a new culture. Some girls just follow their senses and end up being great and famous people in life.
Unlike her mother, Jing-Mei has lived her whole life in the U. . It is based on the life of a Chinese girl living in America called Jing-Mei. You can see and relate to the anger that Jing- Mei feels throughout the story. From this moment on, the problems began. Jing-mei was forced to take piano lessons from Mr. Suyuan and June try different avenues of talent to find something June is amazing at, but they always end up deeply disappointed.
Something I liked of the story is the character motivation of Jing-Mei mother. Each time Jin-Mei was tested on something her mother wanted her to do, she failed. The end of the story is also interesting as Tan appears to be exploring the theme of acceptance. Several of the stories appeared in periodicals separately, many of them in , which purchased the serial rights to the book prior to its publication. After witnessing the death of her two young twins, Suyuan fled Communist China for America with Jing-mei, leaving a life of political, personal and economic turmoil far behind in the process. Her mother is unaware of her lack of participation.
This short story focuses on two themes: The American Dream and mother-daughter relationships. Jing Mei is surprised that…. Suyuan arrived in America after losing everything. Before long, June begins to resent her mother, especially because she cannot live up to Suyuan's expectations. You think I want you to be genius? Jing-mei wants be her self and is obsessed with the American idea of being anyone you want. Jing-Mei is a girl who lacks talent and has little to none self-confidence.
She lives with her mother, Suyuan Woo, who wish to achieve the American Dream and wants Jing-Mei to be successful prodigy. 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. Everyone wants their child to be the best, most popular and overall number one. She had such a fascination with young white girls in film that she would try and force that image onto her daughter. At every turn she gets, she frustrates and ignores her mother about learning the piano.
With a deaf piano teacher this dream might be difficult to accomplish and more if Jing-Mei has lost her hopes in becoming famous. I had some kind of that problem with my dad, when he wants me to be a prodigy, just because in that time he was in love with a sport and wanted me to be a prodigy in it. The strongest argument that Tan suggest is that this may not only be a look into her own life, rather it may Amy Tan Amy Tan was born in 1952, in Oakland, California to Chinese immigrants John and Daisy Tan. On June's thirtieth birthday, a few years before Suyuan dies, her mother offers her the piano as a gift. Like them,'' a reference to the babies her mother lost in China during her previous marriage.
I think the theme of the story is to always be respectful to your parents and always treasure the people around you before they are gone. However Jing-mei feels like she is trying to make her into someone she is not. It all came back to her and Amy played two songs that both seemed to go together. She was Jing-Mei; the only person she could be. In the evenings, Suyuan also has June recite the state capitals and do large number multiplication tables in her head until she masters the material.
Every night after dinner her mother gives her some tests, in hope of her daughter becoming a prodigy — and as time goes on, she grows tired of these tests. They even go so far as to get her hair styled to make her look like the blond, curly-haired Temple. In this case is the piano, the mother finds a man named Mr. To have the aspirations that they too can be seen to be special or gifted or different from their peers. Her mother was pressuring her to accomplish something in life. At first, she thought that her daughter would be like Shirley Temple as they watched how talented Shirley Temple was in acting.
Chong and her mother entered Jing-Mei in a talent contest. Currently, she is the literary editor for West, Los Angeles Times' Sunday magazine. She felt that her mother would be disappointed at her after the show, but oppositely her mother insisted Jing Mei to continue her piano practice and lessons. Tan states she thinks family is the major influence of the way one speaks a certain language. She believed that her inner prodigy would surface and allow her to play well, but the performance proved to be an utter disaster.