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June wins, leaving her mother, Suyuan, stunned when she says she wishes she were dead like the twins.
Although this scene characterizes the common struggle for power between mother and daughter, the story also illustrates the cultural division between an Asian immigrant and her Asian American daughter. Wanting her daughter to be an American prodigy, Suyuan Woo epitomizes the mother living through her child.
With the American ideal that you can be anything you want, she prepares and coaches June into becoming a Chinese Shirley Temple. Every evening her mother tests her relentlessly for intellectual prowess, such as knowing all the world capitals and multiplying large numbers in her head.
Discovering a powerful side of herself, June resolves not to become something she is not simply to please her mother.
One evening while watching The Ed Sullivan Show on television, her mother sees a young Chinese girl play the piano with great skill. Chong, who agrees to give June piano lessons in exchange for weekly housecleanings.
June soon discovers that Old Mr. Chong is deaf, like the great composer Ludwig von Beethoven.
Ultimately, June must appear in a talent show to display her great talent. Her mother invites all of her friends from the Joy Luck Club, a group of four Chinese women who meet regularly to play mah-jongg, a parlor game, and socialize.
Knowing she is not prepared but somehow thinking that the prodigy in her actually exists, June plays to her surprised and somewhat embarrassed parents. A few days later while she watches television, her mother reminds her that it is time to practice.
It is the final showdown between mother and daughter. June tells her mother she will never be a genius or the daughter that her mother wants her to be. Her mother explains that there are only two kinds of daughters: Although her mother thinks she was won by identifying which kind of daughter can live in her house, the daughter, feeling her own power, strikes the final blow by shouting that she wishes she were dead.
Painfully, June looks back on this as an unresolved conflict that has followed her into adulthood.
A few years before her death, her mother offers her the piano for her thirtieth birthday. June accepts, seeing this as a peace offering, a shiny trophy that she has finally won back.The main idea of Amy Tan's "Mother Tongue" is the limitations that imperfect English can impose in society and the richness that such English can bring to writing.
Tan elaborates this idea by scrutinizing her mother's language, her own use of English and society's response to different people's. Amy Tan’s A Mother’s Tongue The purpose of Amy Tan’s essay, “Mother Tongue,” is to show how challenging it can be if an individual is raised by a parent who speaks “limited English” (36) as Tan’s mother does, partially because it can result in people being judged poorly by others.
Complete summary of Amy Tan's The Bonesetter's Daughter. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Bonesetter's Daughter. To Jing-mei's mother, America is the Land of Opportunity.
She has high hopes that her daughter will be a great success as a prodigy. She's not precisely sure wh. Summary In the essay Mother Tongue, Amy Tan talked about her love and fascination of language, and how language can evoke an emotion, a visual image, and how it’s a tool she uses everyday in writing.
"Two Kinds" forms one of the sections of Amy Tan's bestselling novel, The Joy Luck Club. In it, June and her mother Suyuan come into conflict when Suyuan becomes determined to make June into a.