Two Kinds

Topics: Mind, Thought, The Prodigy Pages: 3 (1105 words) Published: April 30, 2013
Two Kinds is a wonderful little short story about a immigrant Chinese woman in the mid 1950’s to early 1960’s that moved to Chinatown in California to give herself a better opportunity to make it in America. In the story we see the Amy’s mother as a woman who already has dealt with her fair share of pain and disappointment. Jeng-mei mothers entire family seemed to have been wiped out before she came to America from China Jeng-mei explains “ she had come to San Francisco in 1949 after losing everything in China: her mother and father, her home, her first husband, and two daughter, twin baby girls. But she never looked back with regret.” This was the type of woman Amy’s mother was diligent, unwavering, focus that there could be a better life in a new world. Jeng-mei mother was from a different time and a different place in comparison to Jeng-mei. Her mother’s culture influenced her and shaped her way of thinking and the way she raised Jeng-mei. As you read more into the story you can see where Jeng-mei mother’s culture caused a stain in the relationship they shared while Jeng-mei was growing up. Jeng-mei’s mother from reading on the surface seemed as though she wanted Jeng-Mei to be a prodigy, and as we all know you cannot make someone a prodigy they have to be born a prodigy. Jeng-mei states “We didn’t immediately pick the right kind of prodigy”. This kind of thinking is a direct reflection of why Jeng-mei’s mother came to America in the first place. Jeng-mei mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America. “You can open a restaurant.” “You can work for the government and get a good retirement.” “Of course you can be a prodigy.” Some of these statements hold true today but the naiveté of Jeng-mei’s mother and the cultural differences of her American born child conflicted with the idea of how Jeng-mei’s mother thought of her own child. So much so that Jeng-mei’s mother would push and poke and prod at Jeng-mei so that she would...
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