Two KindsNarrated By: Jing-Mei Woo Siir Tecirlioglu 11A
• Jing-Mei’s childhoodmisery• Mother (Suyuan) pressuring her to become a prodigy• Suyuan is determinedwith a lot of trying, she can achieve this• Jing-Mei is determinednot to become the person her mother wished her to be. She wants to be who she is.• Begins taking piano lessons from a deaf teacherfind a way to trick him (keep up w/ the rhythm but it doesnt matter if the notes are wrong)• Recitalshe plays everything wrong. Thinks that her mother gave up on her.• But 2 days later, her mother tells her to go to the piano lessona fight between them. – Jing-Mei tells her mother she wished she was dead like her 2 siblings.• Her mother never mentioned piano lessons again.• Years laterher mother offered the piano to Jing Mei and saidshe could have been a very good pianst if she wanted to.• Her mother diedshe goes to her house and for the first time plays the piano.• She realized that the 2 songs she played were the two halves of the same song.
• Examples of the “tests” she has to take by her motherto find her talent.• She keeps on dissapointing her mothernot on purpose – She is very upset about it.• Hates herselftries to “scratch out the face in the mirror.”• She promises to be who SHE wants to be; not who her MOTHER wants her to be.• Motherbeginning to give up on her daughter.
1st Paragraph The first night she brought out a storyabout a three-year-old boy who knew thecapitals of all the states and even most ofthe European countries. A teacher wasquoted as saying the little boy could alsopronounce the names of the foreign citiescorrectly.
2nd Paragraph “What’s the capital of Finalnd?” mymother asked me, looking at the magazinestory.
3rd Paragraph All I knew was the capital of California,because Sacramento was the name of thestreet we lived on in Chinatown. “Nairobi!”I guessed, saying the most foreign word Icould think of. She checked to see if thatwas possibly one way to pronounce“Helsinki” before showing me the answer.
4th Paragraph The tests got harder—multiplyingnumbers in my head, finding the queen ofhearts in a deck of cards, trying to stand onmy head without using my hands,predicting the daily temperatures in LosAngeles, New York, and London.
5th Paragraph One night I had to look at a page from theBible for three minutes and then reporteverything I could remember. “NowJehoshaphat had riches and honor inabundance and...that’s all I remember,Ma,” I said.
6th Paragraph And after seeing my mother’s dissapointed faceonce again, something insidwe of me began todie. I hated the tests, the raised hopes and failedexpectations. Before going to bed that night, Ilooked in the mirror above the bathroom sinkand when I saw only my face staring back—andthat it would always be this ordinary face—Ibegan to cry. Such a sad, ugly girl! I made high-pitched noises like a crazed animal, trying toscratch out the face in the mirror.
7th ParagraphAnd then I saw her what seemed to be theprodigy side of me—becuase I had never seenthat face before. I looked at my reflection,blinking so I could see more clearly. The girlstaring back at me was angry, powerful. Thisgirl and I were the same. I had new thoughs,willful thoughts, or rather thoughts filled withlots of won’ts. I wont let her change me, Ipromised myself. I wont be what I am not.
8th Paragraph So now on nights when my mother presented her tests,I performed listlessly, my head propped on one arm. Ipretended to be bored. And I was, I got so bored I startedcounting the bellows of the foghorns out on the bay whilemy mother drilled me in other areas. The sound wascomforting and reminded me of the cow jumping overthe moon. And the next day, I played a game with myself,seeing if my mother would give up on me before eightbellows. After a while I usually counted only one, maybetwo bellows at most. At last she was beginning to give uphope.
Conflicts• Man vs. Man – Jing-Mei vs. her motherMAJOR conflict – Jing-Mei vs. Waverlyboth hate each other• InternalJing-Mei thinks that she is nothing but a failure. • Keeps on crying and asking questions to herself. • A lot of conflict going on inside her.
7 WORDS Word DefinitionEntrance (page 135) Fill (someone) with wonder and delight, holding their entire attentionBellows (page 135) A deep roaring shout or soundReam (page 135) A large quantity of something, typically paper or writing on paperPetticoats (page A womans light, loose undergarment hanging from the138) shoulders or the waist, worn under a skirt or dressBudge (page 141) Make or cause to make the slightest movementSob (page 141) 1. Cry noisily, making loud, convulsive gasps 2. Say while crying noisilyPouches (page 143) A small bag or other flexible receptacle, typically carried in a pocket or attached to a belt