I. Jing-Mei is overpowered by her hopeful and ambitious mother who believes that anything is possible and is willing to take any measures to achieve it: however her ambitious nature weighs heavy on Jing Mei and places strains on their relationship.
a. “My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America”
i. “Like many immigrants to the United States, Jing-mei’s mother has created visions of her adopted country as a land of opportunity where all dreams may be realized(Brent)” ii. Culture aspect because mother holds ambitions shared my immigrants and childlike faith
b.. “You could open a restaurant. You could work for the government and get good retirement You could buy a house with almost no money down. you could be instantly famous”
i. “Opening paragraph introduces an element of irony in the narrator’s attitude toward her mother’s vision of America as a place where “you could become anything you wanted to be(Brent)”. ii. Her mother has unreal expectations because she expected her to achieve greatness instantly
c. “Soon after my mother got this idea about Shirley Temple, she took me to the beauty training school in the Mission District and put me in the hands of a student who could barely hold the scissors without shaking.”
i. “Her mother’s American dreams, function as a symbol of hope for a brighter future for her daughter(Brent)” ii. Her mother is doing what she believes to be best for Jing- Mei but is causing her to resent her iii. “When she looks in the mirror one night, she sees only her mother’s of her as a failure and a disappointment(Brent)”
II. Her mother’s asian culture means that pride and honor paired with the sacrifice of her other children make Jing- Mei an outlet for her mother to channel all her hopes and dreams