The narrator physically going to China in "A Pair of Tickets" represents her internal change as she begins to accept her Chinese heritage and that side of herself in contrast to her American upbringing in California.
When Jing-mei goes to Guangzhou, she's planning to visit her father's family. Next, she'll fly to Shanghai and meet the twin half-sisters she's never met before. Throughout her part of The Joy Luck Club, Jing-mei fights with her mother Suyuan as they try to bridge the cultural and experiential gap between them.
Amy Tan writes:
The minute our train leaves the Hong Kong border and enters Shenzhen, China, I feel different. I can feel the skin on my forehead tingling, my blood rushing through a new course, my bones aching with a familiar old pain. And I think, My mother was right. I am becoming Chinese.
Though her mother is dead, her visit to China and to meet her half-sisters is what finally bridges...
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