Amy Tan A Pair Of Tickets Summary

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As you read the short passage, "A Pair of Tickets," written by Amy Tan, you gradually get an understanding that the setting within China, for the majority of the story actually, leaves a tremendous influence on what occurs internally as well as externally to the narrator, Jing-Mei. Starting off with the protagonist entering Shenzhen, China, Jing-Mei explains how she feels “different”. She explains how she had always believed that underneath her outwards exterior, she was not Chinese, not even if both her parents are Chinese immigrants. Jing-Mei states how she recalls a time where she had argued with her mother, denying anything that had to do with her Chinese heritage. “Cannot be helped,” my mother said when I was fifteen and had vigorously denied that I had any Chinese whatsoever below my skin...and my Caucasian friends agreed: I was about as Chinese as they were.” (PAR.2). But that all comes into question as her surroundings change.…show more content…
She notices how her father begins to longingly remember the surrounding and Jing-Mei states that she also starts to feel the same, even though she had never visited China beforehand. “For the first time I can ever remember, my father has tears in his eyes, and all he sees out the train window is a sectioned field of yellow, green, and brown, a narrow canal flanking the tracks, low rising hills...on this early October morning. And I can't help myself. I also have misty eyes, as if I had seen this a long, long time ago, and had almost forgotten.” (PAR.6). Jing-Mei’s mother had stated this before but she didn’t fully want to listen. There is a part of her that is Chinese which has nothing to do with her external looks, but is tied to who she is

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