Essay A Chinese American Citizen, Amy Tan, Two Kinds

1489 Words May 23rd, 2016 6 Pages
During the prolonged era of immigration in the late twentieth-century in the United States, many foreigners entering the country for permanent settlement often set a high expectation of life, especially for their descendants. This prevalence stereotype is primarily explored in the literary fiction work of a Chinese-American citizen, Amy Tan, “Two Kinds” (1989). The protagonist, Jing Mei, undergoes and experience a variety of stress factors during her adolescence, particularly from her mother, who established excessive expectations for her daughter’s life. In correspondence with the accumulation of stress and emphasis on pressure, the young protagonist initiated to become impudent enough to demonstrate her rebellious and disobedient attitude toward her mother. Despite her excessive arrogance, her attempts to develop her identity, alongside with her internal and external resistance against her mother, is justified, on account of her presence as adolescent where it is scientifically indicated that the human brain is not fully developed yet at her age. After Jing Mei’s mother’s acknowledgement of other teenagers’ outstanding talents and renowned achievements, she initiated the idea that her daughter can also have those talents, which cause the buildup of stress for her daughter. She had a solid notion that “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…

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