Anylisis of the Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

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The joy luck club by Amy Tan Analysis of the book The bond between a mother and daughter is very strong. It goes deeper than words can reach and continues beyond the grave. During life, however, it may not be at all comfortable; there may be battles and misunderstandings, impatience and anger. And if your mother was born in pre-Revolutionary China, and you were born in San Francisco in 1950, a child of two differing cultures, how do you explain your problems to her? How will she understand your feelings? Jing-mei Woo, Rose Hsu Jordan, Waverly Jong, Lena St. Clair grown up speaking English and drinking Coco-cola, free to choice their jobs, their life styles and their husbands. But they also carry the hopes and expectations of their mothers: Suyuan Woo, An-mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, Ying-ying St Clair., who left unspeakable sorrows behind them in China to travel to America where their children will have choices that were denied to them. But it’s also a country of change and confusion, a place where the Chinese idea of “joy luck” doesn’t mean the same to an American-born mind. Each mother and daughter tell her own story. The book is divided into four main sections; the stories are told from the viewpoints of four Chinese mothers and their Chinese American daughters. The only exception is Suyuan Woo, who, having recently died, speaks not for herself but through her daughter, Jing-mei. The daughter tells her mother’s stories as she takes her mother’s place at the mahjong table and on the fateful trip to China. The novel traces the psychological development of the American daughter and her final acceptance of the Chinese mother and what the Chinese mother stands for. It is interesting to note that when Jing-mei Woo is asked by her three “aunts” to go to China in order to fulfill her mother’s long-cherished wish to meet her lost twin babies, Jing-mei shocks and upsets

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