The relationship between Jing-mei and her mother, Suyuan, becomes largely antagonistic as Suyuan continues to push Jing-mei to be a prodigy at something, anything. Feeling as though her mother does not accept her the way that she is, that her mother doesn't love her for herself, Jing-mei begins to think, "I won't let her change me, I promised myself. I won't be what I'm not." She begins to see her mother as an adversary rather than an ally. Jing-mei seems to know that her mother will reproach her for not trying her hardest almost as soon as Jing-mei credits another little girl on television for trying hard, despite not being the best piano player. Suyuan says, "Just like you [...]. Not the best. Because you not trying." After this, Jing-mei determines that she will not try at all. The more her mother seems to push, the more Jing-mei does nothing, as if to prove a point. She shouts at her mother "Why don't you like me the way I am? I'm not a genius! I can't play the piano. And even if I could, I wouldn't go on TV if you paid me a million dollars!" At this point, it has become a battle of wills for Jing-mei. She doesn't want to gratify what she sees as her mother's desire to show her off or brag to others about her ability.