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The Joy Luck Club

by Amy Tan

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What's the subject of A pair of ticket?

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In this chapter near the close of the novel, Jing Mei meets her estranged sisters. The title might be interpreted in two ways. First, the "tickets" are the meeting of the two cultures within the same family. Secondly, the "tickets" are the daughters left in China. Her mother's decision to leave the girls allowed Jing Mei her own chance at liberty and pursuit of happiness, a hefty price for the other girls who had to go it virtually alone in China.

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