When she travels to China, she discovers the Chinese essence within herself, thus realizing a deep connection to her mother that she had always ignored. She also brings Suyuan’s story to her long-lost twin daughters, and, once reunited with her half-sisters, gains an even more profound understanding of who her mother was.For the most part, Jing-mei’s fears echo those of her peers, the other daughters of the Joy Luck Club members. They have always identified with Americans but are beginning to regret having neglected their Chinese heritage. Her fears also speak to a reciprocal fear shared by the mothers, who wonder whether, by giving their daughters American opportunities and self-sufficiency, they have alienated them from their Chinese heritage.Jing-mei is representative in other ways as well. She believes that her mother’s constant criticism bespeaks a lack of affection, when in fact her mother’s severity and high expectations are expressions of love and faith in her daughter.
Cooking for the family has meaning in each story of The Joy Luck Club, because cooking is a sign of love in Chinese culture. A main point of the novel was the mothers’ wishes to keep the old traditions, and the daughters’ wishes for them to be more understanding of the American culture. Tan and her mother had the same feelings, but, just as the daughters in the book, Tan learns the value of her heritage and embraces it (Kramer 60). Her mother told Tan many stories(Kramer 48). She told many stories about her own life.
Amy Chua is a professor of Law at Yale, an author of “World on Fire”, and a Chinese mother. In Chua’s “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior” (an excerpt from Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother), Chua takes a serious approach demonstrating the Chinese parenting method, and how it is effective in her life. Her main claim from this article is to state the differences between Western; Chinese parents, and how great Chinese parenting method is. The text is also connected to the identity theme; it conveys different aspects of figuring out one’s self , and how the parenting method is a big part of that. Chua’s text is very harsh toned, yet effective due to the use of all three appeals: Ethos, Logos, and Pathos.
Mother-daughter relationship in the Joy Luck Club Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club enjoys high fame in the field of Chinese American literature. It mainly tells a story of four mothers, fled from China to America with tragedies and hardships left behind, yet all cherished good intensions and wished to pass them to their daughters born on this new land. This seemingly simple work contains so affluent contents that it can be interpreted from numerous aspects, feminism, post-colonialism, cultural clashes and so on. However, the eternal theme is the mother-daughter relationships, which is conflicting and finally comes to understanding and reconciliation. This essay, mainly focusing on Suyuan Woo and her daughter June, is aiming to further analyze the causes and manifestations of this complicated mother-daughter relationship.
Category: Beginning Reader Author: Kara Jaynes Title: Peach and Plum Blossom Illustrator: Kara Jaynes Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, (2013) Content Summary This book is about two little dragons, which happens to be sisters, Peach and Plum Blossom who get along most of the time. Peach has some treasures and doesn't want to share but Plum Blossom wants some treasure too. Evaluative Statement Visual elements- * Kara Jaynes illustrations are bright colors such as yellow, pink and green with simple dark lines to outline the characters. The print is large with a full page of text on most every illustrations which is well appropriate for beginning readers. * The format
Courage is the ability to control when facing danger or pain; bravery. In the novel “Sky burial”, Shu Wen a young Chinese girl who is a determined to find out what happened to her husband, not worrying about her family, friends and the dangerous conflicts between China and Tibet, and goes out in search for her husband, Kejun who was an idealistic army doctor, who was reported dead while on a cruet in Tibet. Shu Wen is a passionate women, her love for her husband becomes her strength and gives her an aim to move and face situations which she has never imagined. She begins her journey in Tibet as naive twenty six year old Chinese women with no knowledge of Tibetan culture, language and religion. In the story there were many situations which Wen has showed courage but there were some parts where she needed some motivation and help of others to maintain that courage to keep going.
Eric Vega Professor Turley ENG-102 18 February 2013 Similar Fates Culture and past experiences can definitely shape the person you are today. Just ask the Chinese grandmother in “Who’s Irish,” or the country-driven grandma in “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.” Both characters have similar backgrounds in the sense that they have overcome unpleasant odds to achieve their goals. While these previous experiences and values have affected each of their personalities in positive ways, they have also affected them negatively. The fluctuations of these two characters’ struggles, past and present, parallel each other in many ways. Katherine Ann Porter and Gish Jen have created similar protagonists in their respective stories “The Jilting of Granny
Jennifer Stroh English 117, Fri. 9-11:45 Informal Essay #2 David Henry Hwang’s, M Butterfly, is a captivating playwright that deals with the perceptions of gender and race in a much fantasized reality that Gillmard has encompassed himself in. The play’s main character, Rene Gillamard, is a French junior-level diplomat who moved to Beijing, China with his wife, Helga. But after seeing a mesmerizing performance by a beautiful Chinese Opera singer, named Song, he quickly falls in love with this idea of love. Gallimard married at the age of 31, to a woman who was older than him. She was not his ideal wife, but he felt his time was running out.
While Disney did manage to stay pretty close to the basic story line, they had to water down many of the details in order to make a more child-friendly film; the enchanting characters, the wicked curse, the actual beauty being laid to rest, her meeting the love of her life, all the way to the defeat of the antagonist differ from the original. Princess Aurora, a.k.a. Briar Rose is the epitome of a Disney princess; she is innocently gorgeous and of course has a choir of animals that follow her every step. Talia, from Basiles’ version, does share similar qualities with Aurora, she is just as beautiful and naïve but lacks the animal entourage and isn’t actually a princess, she is the daughter of a lord. Prince Phillip is the dashing man who steals Auroras’ heart, but Talia captures the eye of King.
I told her to stop being lazy, cowardly, self-indulgent, and pathetic,” writes Amy Chua, a Yale Law School professor, describing the tactics she used to force her daughter Lulu to play “The Little White Donkey” on the piano (61). This is one example Chua chronicles of parenting her two daughters, Sophia and Lulu, in Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. In her book, Chua uses the term “tiger mother” to describe a style of parenting most commonly exercised by Chinese parents (4). Chua addresses the differences between Chinese and Western parenting in the introduction, writing, “Despite our squeamishness about cultural stereotypes, there are tons of studies out there showing marked and quantifiable differences between Chinese and Westerners when it comes to parenting” (5). From this statement, Chua goes on to briefly illuminate these differences, such as Chinese parents spending “approximately ten times as long every day drilling academic activities with their children” in comparison to Western parents (5).