In Two Kinds, the mother immediately gives up on her goals for Jing Mei when . . .

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After endless bouts both subtle and not so subtle the final blow to Jing Mei's mother's plans to make her a prodigy came following the piano recital. Despite all of the efforts to provide Jing Mei a talent (efforts that Jing Mei squandered) the piano recital was a total failure and Jing Mei's mother felt humiliated beyond belief. Jing Mei was also humiliated by her failure and the way she devastated her mother, so she was well primed for a fight as a means of defending the perhaps indefensible. During the fight Jing Mei brings up the daughters that were killed in China, and the final blow was when she shrieked at her mother, "Then I wish I was like them. I wish I was dead." The mother walked away never to pursue the prodigy dream again.