my Tan's short story "Two Kinds" chronicles the childhood memories of Jing-mei, a first generation American citizen, and her mother Suyuan Woo, an immigrant to the states. This account tells of a daughters struggle between her Chinese ancestry and American expectations for success, along with her mothers aspirations of greatness for her daughter and Jing-meis battle for her own will. Set in San Francisco in the 1950's, America was coming off a long bout of war, and coming into a time of great economic prosperity, and the Woo's hoped for nothing less than the best. The immigration networks between China and the US had been connected, allowing for a microcosm of Chinese culture in America in Chinatown. Through the use of setting, Tan shows the contradictory relationship of East versus West, and mother versus daughter which ultimately portrays the theme of the mothers' American dream.
Theme Statement: A major theme in Amy Tan's Two kinds is growing up in america with