Opportunities in America
Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds” is a story based on the account of a young Chinese girl living in
the United States with her overly pushy mother. Two kinds is about opportunity,
perseverance, and accomplishment. These are the things Jing-mei learns as she grows up in
what many people call “The Land of Opportunity”.
In America, it is believed that you have the opportunity to become anything you would like
to be. For immigrants it is believed that “you can be best anything” (553). It is the
same for the mother in this story. She believes that her daughter, Jing-mei, can be
anything she wishes, even a prodigy. Though this idea of Jing-mei becoming a prodigy
sounds far fetched, the mother is determined to turn her daughter into something, or
someone who will make the family proud.
The idea of Jing-mei becoming someone is not far fetched though. The only thing she needs
to have is perseverance. Many people in America have the opportunity to advance