Reality can be harsh at times. Especially when your reality is built up on dreams. Which is the case in Tan's "Two Kinds. Â In this story, Jing-mei, is a young Chinese girl growing up in America. Her mother, who traveled to the states in 1949, had great expectations for her daughter. She had dreams of her becoming the next child prodigy. Although she had plans for her daughter, Jing-mei just wouldn't have it. The mother had a very strong belief that you could be anything you wanted to be in America. Jing-mei on the other hand, believed she could only be herself. Jing-mei continued to live her life always disappointing her mother and failing her many times.
In the first paragraph of the story, the tone starts out rather encouraging. The narrator, Jing-mei, begins by explaining how you could do this, or you could do that in America. You can be a