The short story “Two Kinds” was written by Amy Tan the daughter of Chinese immigrants who was born in Oakland and raised in California. The short story setting is in China, and the narrative is part of the novel ‘The Joy Luck Club.’ In the story, the character June comes into conflict with her mother Suyuan after the later tries to make June a child prodigy. June is forced by her mother to take up piano lessons, but she performs poorly once she is supposed to conduct a recital. Subsequently, the conflict between the two continues for a long period.
According to the story, Suyuan quizzes her daughter on math and geography topics with the hope of uncovering a hidden genius in her daughter. Moreover, Suyuan arranges for her daughter to take up piano lessons after seeing a Chinese girl doing the same on a television show. The story revolves around June’s recollection after her mother had died of the sadness she had for leaving her twin babies in China back in 1949.
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