Two Kinds by Amy Tan

When I first read Two Kinds by Amy Tan I really loved how she narrated the story. It’s a really beautiful story featuring Chinese immigrants in America. The story focuses around a Chinese girl and her mother that recently moved to America. Her mother believes that her daughter was born to become a child prodigy or become a famous actress like Shirley Temple. They soon begin to explore for her talent. They tried all sorts of things, but in the end they were unsuccessful. Her mother is very disappointed in her and she drops out of college. After a few months of her mother’s death, she decides to play “Pleading child” on the piano. After a few tries, she plays “Perfectly Contented”.  After a few times of playing it, she realizes that it is two halves of the same piece.


Overall, the part I loved the most was the ending when she found “Pleading Child” and “Perfectly Contented” to be from the same piece.  After I read Two Kinds, it kind of reminded me of Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah. Chinese Cinderella is a longer novel to enjoy and it has a more historical genre’s taste to it, but it tells the life story of a Chinese girl similarly to the Two Kinds. Overall, I’ve really enjoyed this short story by Amy Tan.


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