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The short story A Pair of Tickets is a component of a novel The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan which focuses on a woman fulfilling the lifelong wish of her mother The title symbolizes the discovery of the narrators identity and the soul of her emotional nature and feelings towards her mother The setting in this story changes the soul of the narrator as she begins to discover things about herself and her two different cultures As the story progresses she begins to question things in her life her identity her mothers life and the lives of her newly discovered twin sisters She wants to fulfill her mothers wish of seeing the twin daughters once again At the beginning of the story she denies her Chinese culture but through the trip to China she matures and begins to realize her true self When the narrator leaves the Hong Kong border to China she feels the familiar old pain aching in her bones This pain comes form her internal conflict between two different culture her denial of being Chinese and the missed opportunity for her to truly know her mother According to Stanley L Fong As Chinese become progressively removed from their ancestral culture and in greater contact with the dominant American culture they will show an concurrent increase in their assimilation-orientation and in their internalization of American cultural norms 39 As the narrator was born in America goes to an American school and makes friends with Caucasians she starts to become part American She wants to be more associated with her Caucasian friends and because she is educated under an American culture she thinks in an American way She doesnt want to be an outsider in a foreign country she wants to be associated with Americans in an American culture she wants to be an American In order to do so she must deny her Chinese ways as taught by her parents The
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