Women Suffering In The Traditional Chinese Society

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Submitted to: Mrs. Lisco Submitted by: Quynh Tran Course Code: ENG 4U1 Submitted Date: Jan 13, 2012 Woman Suffering in the Traditional Chinese Society The sixteen intricate interlocking stories from Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club weave the reader through the complex relationship of four Chinese immigrants, Suyuan Woo, An-mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, and Ying-Ying St. Clair and their daughters. The high expectations they have for their children and their desire to have a “Joy Luck” (Tan 25) life are the sufferings they have endured through the strict traditional Chinese society and understand the value of the “luxuries” (Tan 23) they have in America. Women in the tradition Chinese society are regarded as “disposable property”, “detachable appendages” and “expendable” (Heung 29). Unlike the significant birth of a son who is believed to “carry on the family name, provide leadership for the family, and take care of the family ancestors” (Woman in China), the birth of a daughter is “virtually unremarkable” (Yanfen). The different social status determines their position in the family and it is revealed through the stories of Ying-Ying St.Clair, Lindo Jong and An-mie’s mother. The three characters in the Joy Luck Club have experienced most of sorrow because they are women live in the traditional Chinese society. Ying-Ying St. Clair has a happier childhood than most of others Chinese girls. Her family is “one of the richest families in Wushi” (Tan 244) therefore she grows up with luxury and gets served by servants. In the tradition Chinese society, a woman’s position as daughter, wives and mother is according to their “families’ economic circumstances and their ability to bear male heirs” (Heung 29). Being born in the Tiger her youthful spirit is described as “lihai” which means “wild and suborn” (Tan 243). Ying- Ying’s mother attempts to discipline her daughter since

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