Jing-mei Woo and her mother, Suyan Woo struggle to get along due to them both thinking very differently.
Jing-mei woo's mother dies and she feels terrible. she was too young to lose her mother yet she had. She now has her entire life full of struggle ahead of her which she will have to get through with no mother.
Jing-mei Woo lived on to tell the stories her mother could not, she was left with the responsibility of keeping the tradition going even though that was not her dream.