What kind of a teacher is Mr. Chong?

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It's fair to say that Mr. Chong is not the world's best piano teacher. For one thing, he's deaf. For Suyuan Woo, however, he has a distinct advantage over the competition: he's cheap. In fact, his "expert" tuition doesn't cost her a dime; she simply offers to clean his house...

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It's fair to say that Mr. Chong is not the world's best piano teacher. For one thing, he's deaf. For Suyuan Woo, however, he has a distinct advantage over the competition: he's cheap. In fact, his "expert" tuition doesn't cost her a dime; she simply offers to clean his house in lieu of payment.

Although this arrangement may work out just fine for the two adults, Jing-mei gets the worst of the deal because she's unable to progress as a pianist with such an unsuitable teacher. But Jing-mei never really wanted to play the piano in the first place; this was always her mother's idea. In any case, Suyuan Woo's choice of Mr. Chong turns out to be a false economy, which thwarts her long-held dream of Jing-mei's becoming a world-renowned prodigy.

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Mr. Chong is a piano teacher. He is not in great shape because of his advanced age. In fact, he is deaf and can barely see. Jing-mei's mother, Suyuan Woo, agrees to clean Mr. Chong's house in exchange for him giving her daughter piano lessons. Mother is completely convinced that Jing-mei is very good at something and can take advantage of the American dream. She just does not currently know what Jing-mei's talent is. As a result, Suyuan Woo is always taking Jing-mei to different activities.

It does not take long for Jing-mei to realize that Mr. Chong's sensory deficiencies may impair his ability to teach piano. The girl is somewhat impatient with her mother's ambitions for her, so she does not take the piano lessons seriously. She takes advantage of Mr. Chong's disabilities during practice. Consequently, Jing-mei has a disastrous piano debut in which only Mr. Chong is impressed.

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