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 start of Amy Tan's "A Pair of Tickets," Jing-mei, the narrator, is on a train crossing into Shenzhen, China, when she experiences a peculiar feeling: "I am becoming Chinese." Jing-mei is Chinese American; her parents were born in China, and she has relatives in China still, but she grew up in the United States. At least part of her has always been Chinese, but it is only now that Jing-mei begins to feel Chinese. This introduces the idea that culture and identity are complex concepts.

Jing-mei's mother always told her that she was Chinese whether she felt that way or not. As a girl who grew up in the US, she feels as American as her classmates. After her mother tells her she cannot avoid her Chinese heritage, Jing-mei worries that she will start to exhibit stereotypical Chinese traits and seems to fear these will make her less unique, will reduce her to a label and nothing more. Her mother is right about Jing-mei connecting to her Chinese roots; it simply takes her until her adult...

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