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What is the setting of Amy Tan's "Two Kinds"?

The setting of "Two Kinds" is San Francisco, California.

The story relates Jing-Mei's experiences growing up in California as the daughter of parents who immigrated from China as adults.

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Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club presents the stories of four mother-daughter pairs. Each of the mothers was born and raised in China, while each of the daughters is brought up in San Francisco, California. Due to the differences in the parents' and childrens' backgrounds and upbringings, the usual mother-daughter tensions that occur as girls grown up is amplified. The daughters must struggle with their "hyphenated identities," often feeling as though they do not fully fit into either Chinese nor American culture. The mothers grapple with communicating their stories to their daughters, and especially their hopes for their daughters to have greater opportunities than they once had.

"Two Kinds " is narrated by Jing-Mei, daughter of Suyuan, and recounts Jing-Mei's childhood experiences with trying to find her...

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