"A Pair of Tickets" is the final story in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, and, as such, it contains a lot of important thematic quotes. In this chapter, Jing-Mei Woo goes to China to meet her long-lost half-sisters, effectively bridging the gap between her mother's former life in China and her own identity as a Chinese-American woman.
Early in the chapter, Jing-Mei writes,
"I was a sophomore at Galileo High in San Francisco, and all my Caucasian friends agreed: I was about as Chinese as they were. But my mother had studied at a famous nursing school in Shanghai, and she said she knew all about genetics. So there was no doubt in her mind, whether I agreed or not: Once you are born Chinese, you cannot help but feel and think Chinese."
Throughout the novel, Jing-Mei and the other daughters of the Joy Luck Club have struggled with their identities as Chinese-American women, unable to completely reconcile what part of them is Chinese and what part is American. They often lean heavily into being...
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