Self Identity Essay

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Enrique Cordova Enc 1102 Professor Christina Bisirri 17 October 2013 Train ride to self identity In the story "A Pair of Tickets" by Amy Tan, Jing-mei is uncovering her identity. As a young adult, who is of Chinese descent, traveling through China and the knowledge she obtains about her mother's past, we are introduced into the story of premature death. .As the protagonist and narrator, June May, and her father begin their train ride, the author establishes the symbolic setting of the story. The need for her to accept the fact that she is Chinese begins when she realizes must meet her half-sisters. Jing-mei flashes backs with her mother and her embarrassing moments with haggling with store owner’s and her pastel color clothing, she saw herself as a American but cringed when her mother would say stuff like, “It's in your blood, waiting to be let go" (169). Her mother's words were foreshadowing the feelings she had about her Chinese identity taken over her Americanized traditions. Jing-mei is searching for her Chinese heritage, several incidents throughout the Short story depicts a protagonist (Jing-mei) and her acceptance of her Chinese heritage. Jing-mei reflects a feeling of familiarity , while boarding she says "I feel as if I were getting on a number 30 Stockton bus in San Francisco" but "I am in China" (272) , when crossing the Hong Kong border into Shenzhen, China. She discusses the changes from when she get to China by saying “I feel different. I can feel the skin on my forehead tingling, my blood rushing through a new course, my bones aching with a familiar old pain.”(165). Her statement describes her sensations she feels upon her arrival back in the “Motherland” while on a train with her father .As she begins her journey in to China, Jing-mei’s attitude towards her Chinese background is changing, much different from when she was in San Francisco
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