In the conflict between Jing-mei and her mother, Jing-mei is right. The mother is supposed to be supportive. A good mother is not supposed to force her child to do something she doesn’t want to so. In addition, it’s even worse because the mother doesn’t even have a good enough excuse for Jing-mei playing the piano. Plus, the reason is so that the mom can brag to her friend Lindo Jong, about how good Jing-mei is "good" at piano, because her friend’s daughter is a chess champion. Jing-mei should learn to stick up for herself because if her own mother can run all over her then anyone will.