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Effective Settings In &Quot;A Pair Of Tickets&Quot;

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Heritage is something very abstract and hard to understand which is similar to family root. By conveying the rich history and legacy to children through parents, but it seems not the effective way compared with their concerment. In the other way, they maybe almost completely ignorant of their heritage. That is the situation of Jing-Mei in "A Pair of tickets" by Amy Tan. Chinese settings that help Jing-Mei more understand and become in touch with her heritage and her mother's past.

The fact given that many of the younger generation Chinese descendants still live in Chinatown, in San Francisco, they are very different from the older generation of immigrants. They have largely adopted the American life style. The main reason is they are born and raised in American, Jing-Mei is too. External factors such as language, school education, lifestyle, and the environment where she lives in all contribute to her "American" way of thinking rather than "Chinese" way. Suyuen, her mother has told many times about her blood. But she had vigorously denied that she had any Chinese whatsoever below her skin when she was fifteen. Moreover, she felt embarrassed. She was embarrassed by her mother's behavior. As her mother said "Someday you will see. It is in your blood, waiting to be let go." Blood signifies identity as eastern thinking. Jing-Mei doesn't understand much because blood is usually connected with red, sacrifice, death and bloodline as western culture.

Jing-Mei and her father have purchased "a pair of tickets" and are on their way to China to meet the lost twins, which will fulfill Suyua's dream. Suyuan's antagonist is war, during World War Two in 1944, a historical time, when the Japanese invaded China. That was the reason, which force her to abandon her daughters on the road between Kweilin and Chungking. Two little babies remainded in her mind until she died. Even though Jing-Mei's father doesn't know about these girls until he gets the letter from these girls. "And the letter had broken my father's heart so much- these daughters calling my mother from another life he never knew." However, he still sympathize her past, ".... No shame in what she done. None." Because she knew she would die of her sickness, or perhaps from thirst, from starvation, or from the Japanese, who she was sure were marching right behind her. She left her daughters with the hope that her daughters would be found by a kindhearted person. At that time, she felt miscrable, and exhausted and with bleeding feet and hands fro the journey. Finally, she stuffed her few caluable possessions into the clothing of the infants and lelf them by the road while she wennt in search of food. When Jing-Mei hears that her mother had left behind two infant daughters in China, she was shocked. Not understand how much Suyuan suffered over the incident, Jing-Mei treats the stituation lightly. Upon hearing her...

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