In "A Pair of Tickets" from The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, as a whole, how does the setting reinforce the plot?

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In "A Pair of Tickets," Jing Mei Woo and her father are on their way to China to meet with long lost family.  First, the father meets with his aunt, and then they go on to be re-united with the twin daughters that Suyuan abandoned during the war.  Jing-Mei takes note of the sights that she sees while riding the train and is amazed by the stark contrast between her home in California and the nearly impoverished areas in mainland China.  The setting her reinforces the plot set up by Tan because Tan wants to explore the cultural differences present in the lives of the mothers and daughters in the story.  Jing-Mei has lived a very different life with Suyuan than did her long lost sisters, and the setting reinforces this difference.

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