Two Kinds Questions and Answers
by Amy Tan

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2. How does the story represent the idea of transformation

The story represents the idea of transformation or change in the main character, Jing-Mei. First, Jing-Mei welcomes her mother’s dreams for her to become a child prodigy. Then, Jing-Mei resists her mother’s pressure and rebels against it. Finally, as an adult, Jing-Mei has a more balanced view of her mother’s pressure, illustrating a complete transformation.

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Two Kinds” by Amy Tan is a short story about a young girl named Jing-Mei and her mother. Jing-Mei’s mother, immigrated from China, has high hopes for what her daughter can achieve in the United States. At first, Jing-Mei is excited about seeking success and pleasing her mother.

Jing-Mei’s mother pressures her daughter to pursue one hobby after another, searching for a talent that can surpass other children’s abilities. For example, she tries to encourage Jing-Mei to become a singer and dancer like Shirley Temple. She tries to get Jing-Mei to memorize the capitals of U.S. states and countries around the world. Many of...

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