What kind of a teacher is Mr. Chong?

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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 was impressed.

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