How is the external setting of Amy Tan's "A Pair of Tickets" essential to what happens internally to the narrator in the course of this story?

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In Amy Tan's short story, "A Pair of Tickets," a part of her The Joy Luck Club collection, the setting of China for a good portion of the story has an enormous impact on what occurs internally to the narrator, Jing-Mei.

When Jing-Mei is young, she insists that beneath the surface, she is not Chinese at all, even though her parents are both Chinese immigrants.

Jing-Mei remembers being fifteen and speaking with her mother, insisting she is not Chinese:

'Cannot be helped,' my mother said when I was fifteen and had vigorously denied that I had any Chinese whatsoever below my skin...and my Caucasian friends agreed: I was about as Chinese as they were.

'Someday you will see,' said my mother. 'It is in your blood, waiting to be let go.'

When Jing-Mei is at home in the US, it is easy for her to feel comfortable with the land of her birth. However, when...

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In Amy Tan’s, “A Pair of Tickets,” how is the external setting essential to what happens internally to the narrator in the course of this story?