In Amy Tan's "A Pair of Tickets," how does the meaning of "Chinese" evolve in the story? June May's change relates to her comment, "the part of me that is Chinese."

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At the beginning of Amy Tan’s "A Pair of Tickets," American-born Chinese protagonist June May thinks the term “Chinese” has two meanings: a set of superficial physical traits and a set of stereotypical behaviors. When growing up in San Francisco, June felt that despite her skin-deep Chinese appearance, she was just like her Caucasian friends. In her passport photo, she appears Westernized, with stylish swept-back hair, lined lips, and cheeks contoured with bronze blusher. Later, when she arrives in China, she feels that “Even without makeup, I could never pass for true Chinese.” June is too tall, towers over native Chinese residents, and may not be purely Chinese by blood, but part Mongolian. She feels Chinese by race or genetics only as a result of her parents’ ethnic Chinese identities.

June also defines stereotypical actions—like haggling, picking teeth in public, and mismatching colors—as “telltale Chinese behaviors.” Another Chinese behavior that she resists is the...

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