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Two Kinds by Amy Tan

Opening Worlds No 5

This is a long story covering a time span of over thirty years. The story can be
broken into three sections:

Before Jing Mei is born
The year after training ­ when Jing Mei is nine
Later life ­ when Jing…

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This is the only story in the anthology to use a first person narrator. It is written
in retrospect ­ as if Jing Mei is reflecting back on her youth from her thirties.
This emphasises the sadness of the final realisation ­ as it is too late to change


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