The Joy Luck Club

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“Every generation laughs at fashions but follows religiously the new.” (Henry David Thoreau) The relationship between mother and daughter is indeed a very complicated one to understand. It is even more difficult to comprehend when both are from completely different worlds; two worlds with contrasting ways of thought and clashing opinions. Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club is an excellent example of how mother and daughter can overcome their rough complications by setting aside differences and truly understanding each other. Although cultural differences were one of the major sources for conflicts, other obstacles included generational differences, language barriers, and personal past experiences. Culture was the source of many difficulties between each mother-daughter pair. With few similarities between Chinese and American traditions, mother and daughter had contradicting points of view on the modern world. “‘Chinese people do many things,” she said simply. “Chinese people do business, do medicine, do painting. Not lazy like American people.”’(Tan, 91) Lindo Jong showed extreme pride in her home country while shining a stereotypically negative light on Americans. Little did she know that her deceptive daughter was interested in learning more about “torture” than “Chinese.” Lindo’s nationalistic behavior showed her slight disapproval of Americans and caused Waverly to question her engagement to Rich. Lindo’s tendency to over-encourage her daughter to work harder resulted to Waverly’s constant longing for her mother’s approval on her life’s major events. Despite the culture difference, the pairs were also in fact mother and daughter. The mothers’ more traditional ways disputed with the daughters’ modernistic ideas. June Woo overtook the necklace representing her mother’s love for a bulky and unfashionable object. The jade necklace, at first symbolizing the conflict and

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