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Two Kinds--taken from the book The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan--is a story about a mother who always has a wish that Jing-Mei her nine-year-old daughter would become a prodigy Coming to America with only two bare hands left after losing everything in China Jing-Meis mother doesnt hesitate to start the life all over again by cleaning peoples houses Moreover she never feels regretful when looking back at the past because there always exists in her a very positive belief that in America everybody has great chances to make wonderful lives and to make dreams come true My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America You could open a restaurant You could You could buy a house with almost no money down You could become instantly famous Her only expectation is that Jing-Mei could learn a skill and be best at it so that they both could be proud of the achievement In fact she is willing to trade her housecleaning services for Jing-Mei to have weekly lessons and a borrowed piano to practice She even saves up money to buy Jing-Mei a piano although it is only a used one Yet very unexpectedly all those energy and hopes still cant make Jing-Mei be interested in piano probably because she does not pick the right kind of prodigy for Jing-Mei Jing-Mei might not like playing piano and more especially she is the kind of daughter who doesnt want to be forced to become somebody that she thinks she is not This story has effectively and vividly brought out the cultural and generational conflicts at different angles between a parent and a child between the young and old in a Chinese family In this conflict between a mother and her young daughter readers cannot take sides because they both deserve sympathies They live to have dreams and to make dreams come true but unfortunately they have failed by taking
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