A Pair of Tickets

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A Pair of Tickets

On a train in China, June feels that her mother was right: she is becoming Chinese, even
though she never thought there was anything Chinese about her. June is going with her
father to visit his aunt, who he hasn't seen since he was ten. Then, in Shanghai, June
will meet her mother's other daughters. When a letter from them had finally come, Suyuan
was already dead--a blood vessel had burst in her brain. At first, Lindo and the others
wrote a letter telling the other sisters that Suyuan was coming. Then June convinced Lindo
that this was cruel, so Lindo wrote another letter telling them Suyuan was dead. In the
crowded streets of China, June feels like a foreigner. She is tall--her mother always told
her that she might have gotten this from her mother's father, but they would never know,
because everyone in the family was dead. Everyone died when a bomb fell during the war.
Suddenly June's father's aunt comes out of the crowd. She recognizes him from a photograph
he sent. June meets the rest of the family, having trouble remembering any words in
Cantonese. They all go to a hotel, which June assumes must be very expensive but turns out
to be cheap. The relatives are thrilled by how fancy it all is. They want to eat
hamburgers in the hotel room. In the shower, June wonders how much of her mother stayed
with those other daughters. Was she always thinking about them? Did she wish June was
them? Later, June listens while her father talks with his aunt. He says that he never knew
Suyuan was looking for her daughters her whole life. Her father tells her that her name,
Jing-mei, means, "little sister, the essence of the others." June asks for the whole story
of how her mother lost her other daughters. Her father tells her that though her mother
hoped to trade her valuables for a ride to Chungking to meet her husband, no one was
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