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Amy Tans A Pair of Tickets is the account of Jing-mei an American woman on a pilgrimage to China to meet her half-sisters abandoned by her mother in China during World War II Jing-meis mother always hoped of reuniting with her daughters she left behind long ago but she died of an aneurysm before the opportunity arose Through chance a friend of Jing-meis mother still in China spied the twins while shopping The mother was already deceased so with encouragement from her aunts Jing-mei made the journey to China with her father to meet her long lost family Ms Tans story conveys the importance of finding ones roots Jing-meis Chinese heritage and family fifty years separated In the beginning of the story Jing-mei relates that she vigorously denied that I had any Chinese whatsoever below my skin Her mother responds It is in your blood waiting to be let go Additionally Jing-mei dreads the reception she will receive from her half-sisters thinking they will blame her for her mothers death reasoning that Jing-mei did not appreciate her mother while alive By the conclusion of the story Jing-mei exhibits Chinese traits she once loathed in her mother and is overcome with joy when a picture taken with her and her new found half-twin sisters shows that Together we look like our motherto see at last her long cherished wish Jing-mei successfully carried out her mothers wishes finding her Chinese heritage along the way
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