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The Land of Opportunity My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America 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 become rich You could become instantly famous These are some of the dreams that Jing-Meis mother in Amy Tans Two Kinds has of America She is not alone Millions of people come to America to make these dreams come true like the Indians Tribe in Sherman Alexies The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven They all come with their parents to America in hope of finding a better living to get away from the politics in their countries Their parents or people putting enormous pressure on them to succeed in the end it proves to be too much for them and the live mediocre lives In Tans Two Kinds the story is a about an Asian family trying to assimilate to an American lifestyle The mother who was originally from china wants to turn her daughter into a prodigy so she can be famous and live an extravagant lifestyle The mother who Believes you could be anything you wanted to be in America spends most of her time watching TV hoping to find a talent which her daughter might possess After several attempts at many different talents the daughter becomes very frustrated and hateful towards her mothers attempts to change her And after seeing my mothers disappointed face again something inside of mebegan to die I hate the tests the raised hopes and failed expectations Before going to bed that night I looked in the mirror I saw only my face staring back - and that it would always be this ordinary face - I began to cry This is what the daughter felt after all of the pressure her mother instilled on her to be someone
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