Two Kinds


In Amy Tan’s essay, Two Kinds, oriental mother and daughter’s relationships were vividly depicted. The high expectations were instilled in every Asian mother. The fact of knowing their child is a genius or prodigy fantasizes mothers their pride and happiness which surpass their own mental psyche. But in American culture, children were taught with totally different methods and set of criteria. Self satisfaction is sufficient and the need to excel bases only on personal aptitudes. In Tan’s essay, she explicitly explained one typical Chinese mother sternly guides her daughter with the extraordinary expectations of her Chinese culture and the daughter vociferously fights back with her new and different American culture.


In the beginning of the essay, the narrator began telling the readers the thoughts of the mother. The massive opportunities an immigrant has was one of the best things of coming to America. This country can fulfill all of the hopes and wishes one has. Sunya, the mother, wanted her daughter, Jing-mei to be famous and renowned. She wanted her daughter to be like Shirley Temple. The mother constantly watches shows that stimulate her of thinking that her daughter can be a prodigy. She forced her daughter to take ballot classes in search of her talent. The complexion of Jing-mei is very important to her, she always wants her daughter to look up to date. Even though Jing-mei is a girl, she fix her up like Peter Pan because this character was most popular at the time.