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The Search for Identity in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - The Search for Identity in The Joy Luck Club           When Chinese immigrants enter the United States of America, it is evident from the start that they are in a world far different than their homeland. Face to face with a dominant culture that often times acts and thinks in ways contrary to their previous lives, immigrants are on a difficult path of attempting to become an American. Chinese immigrants find themselves often caught between two worlds: the old world of structured, traditional and didactic China and the new world of mobile, young and prosperous America....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Search for Identity in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Search for Identity in The Joy Luck Club "Imagine, a daughter not knowing her own mother!" And then it occurs to me. They are frightened. In me, they see their own daughters, just as ignorant, just as unmindful of all truths and hopes they have brought to America. They see daughters who grow impatient when their mothers talk in Chinese, who think they are stupid when they explain things in fractured English. (Tan 40-41) Amy Tan frames The Joy Luck Club with Jing-mei Woo's search for identity....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays] 836 words
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Essay on Search for Identity in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Search for Identity in Joy Luck Club      Each person reaches a point in their life when they begin to search for their own, unique identity. In her novel, Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan follows Jing Mei on her search for her Chinese identity – an identity long neglected.   Four Chinese mothers have migrated to America. Each hope for their daughter’s success and pray that they will not experience the hardships faced in China. One mother, Suyuan, imparts her knowledge on her daughter through stories....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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History, Culture and Identity of Mothers and Daughters in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club - History, Culture and Identity of Mothers and Daughters in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club     Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club is a novel that deals with many controversial issues. These issues unfold in her stories about four Chinese mothers and their American raised daughters. The novel begins with the mothers talking about their own childhood’s and the relationship that they had with their mothers. Then it focuses on the daughters and how they were raised, then to the daughters current lives, and finally back to the mothers who finish their stories....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Amy Tan’s Search for Self-Identity: Intertwining Fiction and Biography - Nearly two decades after Amy Tan was born, she began to uncover information that her family previously withheld from her. As time went on it, it started to consume her every thought, she found writing as an escape and used it as a tool to discover who she was individually. Many speculate as to whether Tan’s literature is a direct reflection of her personal experiences, there are countless similarities between the two. Tan and her mother had many barriers to overcome throughout the course of their relationship, and most of Tan’s work reflects distressed mother-daughter relationships....   [tags: joy luck club, amy tan, self identity]
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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan - ... However, like their mothers, they are struggling to find true love or themselves in their marriages. Instead, they must break up their marriages to find themselves. The only one love that remains constant in the novel is that between the mothers and daughters. No matter how strained it is by cultural and generational differences, it is indestructible, a bond that nothing can be broken. Love, like heritage, goes through generations of females, much like the sacrifices that go through the generations as well....   [tags: asian americnas, identity] 603 words
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History, Culture and Self Discovery in Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club - History, Culture and Self Discovery in Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club      In the novel The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, the relationship between history, culture and identity is illustrated through the narrations of seven women. In these stories the women discuss events of their past and the reader is able to see how it affects them later in life. In addition, they also discuss how they have been shaped by cultural expectations. These two things affect both the mothers and daughters in the novel.      The best example of how personal history affects the development or loss of an identity is through the stories of Ying-Ying St....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Overview: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan - Chinese American Literature incorporates the works of the descendants of China. There are a number of talented and gifted writers who, through their works, present before us China, Chinese- American women and their families, the mystery of the mother- daughter relationship in a manner quite novel to us. The cultural conflicts, identity clashes especially amid the Chinese mothers and their American daughters form the leitmotif in the works of the writers such as Sui Sin Far, Frank Chin, Maxine Hong Kingston and Amy Tan....   [tags: The Joy Luck Club Essays]
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The Joy Luck Club - The Joy Luck Club retold the lives of four women who came from China and their four Americanized daughters. The protagonist, Jing Mei Woo (June) took over her mother’s place at the meetings of a social group called the Joy Luck Club. As its members play mah jong and feast on Chinese delicacies, friends of Jing Mei’s mother spin stories about the past and lament the barriers that exist between their daughter and themselves. In this paper, I will discuss briefly on cultural studies and the Chinese Immigrant Experience and Individual Identity that is very evident in this novel....   [tags: The Joy Luck Club Essays] 732 words
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The Power of Love in Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club - The Power of Love in Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club      In Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, Four pairs of mothers and daughters embark on the journey that is life.  Each young woman comes to realize how valuable the relationships with their mothers are.  As each daughter learns from her mother, she goes through the sometimes-painful process of trying to understand her enigmatic mother.  To finally unravel the mystery surrounding their mothers is to understand who they, themselves, really are.      Suyuan Woo started the "Joy Luck Club" the year she left China.  She began the club as a relief from the heartache that she and her friends experienced "My mother could sense that the wome...   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Chinese Traditionalism in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - A bleak, ominous cloud quite often hovers over the hopeful heads of immigrants, and waits surreptitiously to downpour at the most inopportune moments. Challenges can never be perfectly avoided for immigrants fervently seeking to find freedom, security, and acceptance in the lands and cultures of those who are vastly different from themselves. Barriers between diverse, contrasting cultures can never be completely obliterated, therefore immigrants must assimilate as successfully as they can into countries in which they have chosen to live and raise their children....   [tags: The Joy Luck Club 2014]
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Biculturalism in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Biculturalism Exposed in Joy Luck Club          America does not have a culture. The established American society is made up of multicultural peoples that are forced into assimilation by social pressure. Webster's dictionary defines biculturalism as the existence of two distinct cultures in one nation. I am a prime example of biculturalism in America. My mother was born and raised in another country and her daughter was raised far away in the United States. The novel "Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan illustrates biculturalism in America and the profound impact it had on the main character's life and is paralleled, in many ways by my own....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Selling-Out the Asian-American Community in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Selling-Out the Asian-American Community in The Joy Luck Club i wish i could join in the universal praise for amy tan and her best-selling novel "the joy luck club." i wish i could find the latest chinese-american literary dish as appetizing as the rest of the american public does. but i can't. before amy tan entered the scene, public images of asian america had not developed since the middle of the century. the asian american male did not exist except as a barbaric japanese or vietcong soldier....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays] 673 words
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Relationships Between Mothers and Daughters in Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Relationships Between Mothers and Daughters in Tan's The Joy Luck Club “Now the woman was old.  And she had a daughter who grew up speaking only English and swallowing more Coca-Cola than sorrow.  For a long time now the woman had wanted to give her daughter the single swan feather and tell her, “This feather may look worthless, but it comes from afar and carries with it all my good intentions.”  And she waited, year after year, for the day she could tell her daughter this in perfect American English (Tan 3).” The American culture focuses more on the individual.  Typical Americans always want to be independent.  Traditionally, they never appreciate anything that they have, are selfish, an...   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Similar Roles of Mothers and Daughters in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club - Similar Roles of Mothers and Daughters in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club          The Joy Luck Club, a novel by Amy Tan, is structured in an unusual way.  It is divided into four different sections.  Each section has four stories told by four different women.  In the first section all the mothers, in the Joy Luck Club, talk about their childhood.  In the next two sections the daughters talk about their childhood and their experiences through life.  In the last section the four mothers speak about the stories of when they were younger, around their daughters' age.  This novel explores countless topics.  Not only does it deal with gender identity and the relationships between Chinese-American c...   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Mothers and the Chinese Spirit in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club - Mothers and the Chinese Spirit in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club    The Joy Luck Club is the telling of a tale of struggle by four mothers and their four daughters trying to understand the issue of gender identity, how they each discover or lose their sense of self and what they mean to one another. Throughout the book each of the mothers works hard at teaching their daughters the virtues of Chinese wisdom while allowing the opportunities of American life. They try passing on a piece of themselves despite the great barriers that are built between the women....   [tags: Joy Luck Club]
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The Importance of History and Culture in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club - The Importance of History and Culture in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club     The impact of history and culture on an individual's life is tremendous. History plays a large role in forming an individual because it helps them develop morals, ideals, and goals in life. It begins the process of finding an identity. The past is never forgotten because it leaves marks on ones life as a scar does to ones body. It may go unseen physically, but the emotional effects it produces last a lifetime, and can continue on for generations to come....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Culture is Everything in The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan - ... (Ong, 2011) Culture is important in the formation of one’s identity, and there is such a thing as an ethnic identity. Ethnic identity was defined as the identification one has with his/her ethnic group. Of course ethnic identity is mainly influenced by a person’s ethnicity. (Ong, 2011) But what if a person comes from two different ethnicities, which were brought about by his/her parents. How then does it affect a person’s ethnic identity and his identity as a person. In the novel The Joy Luck Club the author, Amy Tan, gave an almost mysterious twist on how culture differences affect an individual....   [tags: ethnicity, relationship, education, ]
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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan - In The Joy Luck Club, culture plays a crucial part in the conflict between mother and daughter. Tan takes advantage of her past family experiences to inspire her fictional novel based on maintaining Chinese heritage, along with the pertinent task of discovering ones true identity. Tan uses the mothers’ collections of stories and multiple points of views to display how the Chinese emigrant daughters’ immerse themselves in American culture while their mothers wish for them to maintain their Chinese heritage....   [tags: chinese immigrants, cultural barriers]
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The Journey to Freedom in The Joy Luck Club and The Color Purple - There is a common saying that “misery loves company.” Often times, this case is very true. When people are around some misery, they tend to become miserable too. However, sometimes misery is a way for people to connect and to form friendships and bonds. Females in oppressed societies especially feel misery and as a result, they band together and form a stronger power that can overcome their grief. They use each other’s support to be happy and they work towards the common goal of success together....   [tags: Amy Tan, Alice Walker, women, inequality]
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The Joy Luck Club - The Joy Luck Club 1. From the film The Joy Luck Club, Chinese girls were supposed to act obedient and respectful to their parents and elders. This included the girls having to abide by each and every Chinese tradition that their parents instilled in them. Girls were also expected to be quiet and considerate to their parents and elders. They were only supposed to speak when spoken to at all times. Acting out against anything their parents enforced upon them was completely unacceptable. 2. Much like to their parents and elders, Chinese girls were supposed to be quiet and obedient to their husbands and mothers-in-law....   [tags: Papers Amy Tan Essays] 1352 words
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Joy Luck Club - The Struggles of Life - Joy Luck Club - The Struggles of Life A giant total has been assessed onto an assignment. The team has spent weeks of preparation. In moments the presentation of this project will commence. But, some team members aren't ready. The whole project crumbles and ultimately results in a failure. Disciplined workers have no control over it, but they must overcome this obstacle. Only this way can they become better people and know how to handle similar situations in the future. People must overcome hardships to have stronger personalities, just like the women in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club....   [tags: essays papers] 1181 words
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Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Joy Luck Club The stories of Suyuan and Jing-Mei Woo reveal some of Amy Tan's main themes in the novel. One important theme is that we must get to know and understand our parents in order to fully understand ourselves. June spends the first half of her life believing that she is a disappointment to her mother and has been unsuccessful in life. However, when she learns more about her mother's past and discovers that her mother is proud of her good heart and concern for others, she realizes that she has accomplished something by doing small things to the best of her ability....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1467 words
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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan could be about any Culture or Generation - ... As a child, she developed a competitive and independent nature. Her competitiveness is expressed when she plays chess, competing in local and national tournaments. However, the chess match often continues outside of tournaments. The mental chess game between Lindo and Waverly, where “opposite [Waverly] was [her] opponent, two angry black slits, [...] advanc[ing] across the plane” (100-101). Waverly often expresses her independent desires, pushing against her mother’s influence to insert her own ideas....   [tags: misunderstanding, relationship, competitiveness]
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The Struggles Faced In The Color Purple And The Joy Luck Club - The Struggles Faced in The Color Purple and The Joy Luck Club A common bond of struggle links the novels The Color Purple by Alice Walker and The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Rape, suicide, death, war, oppression, and racism invade the two novels. In The Color Purple, Celie overcomes racism, violence, and other issues to find dignity and love. In the Joy Luck Club, the daughters struggle for acceptance, love, and happiness. Though the characters endure many hardships they survive not only by not becoming bitter individuals but becoming more whole individuals....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Mother-Daughter Conflict in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club -     We live in a mobile and global world with the development of the technology. Still America continues to be the symbol of the land of freedom and of opportunity. Arriving to America, the Chinese immigrants who come from a traditional, structured, old world struggle to find a balance in a modern and dynamic new world. In order to realize the American dream, the first generation of immigrants have to learn the language, acquire education, and assimilate into the dominant culture. They courageously leave the past behind except what they carry in their memory....   [tags: Mother Daughter Relationships]
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A Comparison of Women in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club and Kitchen God's Wife - Strong Women in The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife        One of the common themes in both The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife is strong women. All the women in both generations in each book gain strength through different experiences. These experiences range from a war-ravaged China to the modern day stresses of womanhood. Though different experiences have shaped each woman, they are all tied together by the common thread of strength.   The Joy Luck Club portrays strong women....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Deception in The Joy Luck Club - Deception binds the characters of the Joy Luck Club together. In the Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan depicts deception at almost every turn in the novel. Mothers often help their daughters through deceptive comments; husbands hide secrets from their wives through deceptive acts. Even best friends deceive each other as they struggle for one reason or another. Throughout the story, deception is an irreplaceable tool for parenting; for attempting to keep marriages together, or maintaining friendships. From time to time, it grows out of control from a benign lecture to a life changing scam....   [tags: The Joy Luck Club Essays] 876 words
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The Joy Luck Club - The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan shows a group of families and their difficulties throughout their lives. In a section of the novel Lindo Jong, a Chinese mother, is reflecting and explaining the past that she endured; especially one specific experience that had a severe impact on her life. She, like many other characters in novels, is eventually pulled into a situation where there are two possible choices which will affect the life of the character in an important way and in that scenario the character much make a difficult choice between the two....   [tags: The Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Names in A Pair of Tickets - Names in "A Pair of Tickets" In Amy Tan's "A Pair of Tickets" (the last chapter of The Joy Luck Club), the understanding of the importance of names is the key to truly apprehend a sacred relationship between mother ("Suyuen") and daughters (June or "Jing-Mei", "Chwun Yu" and "Chwun Hwa"). To understand the story as a whole, it is necessary for us to know the meanings of their names. The mother and daughters' names each bears its individual meaning, but all these names are indeed "intertwined" into a deeper relationship among each other....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Literature Chinese Culture Essays] 1356 words
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The American Dream in The Joy Luck Club - The American Dream can mean a number of different things to number of different people. Over the years this ideal has evolved and its definition will continue to change for many more years to come. What has not changed is the desire to achieve this dream. For decades now, people from all over the world have immigrated to the United States with hopes of obtaining this dream. However it seems that, to many immigrants the American dream has a very different and more modest definition. To many foreigners it means having the basic necessities in life and giving their children opportunities and life they ever had....   [tags: Essays on The Joy Luck Club] 1800 words
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The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan - The movie, The Joy Luck Club, focuses around the lives of four Chinese mothers and their Chinese-American daughters. The story takes place a few months after Junes mother, Suyuan has died. The mothers and daughters hold very different principles, where the mothers are still very traditional to their Chinese upbringings the daughters are much more “American.” The movie can be viewed from the Feminist Literary Theory, since the 8 main characters are female. The women’s life stories are told through a series of flashback scenes that deal heavily with female gender roles and the expectations of women....   [tags: The Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Mother-Daughter Conflict Illustrated in The Joy Luck Club - The book The Joy Luck Club is a novel written by Amy Tan, who is very famous in writing about mother-daughter relationships. There are four pairs of mothers and daughters whose stories are told in The Joy Luck Club. All of the mothers were born in China and came to America because of some kind of problem, but their daughters were born in the United States. Due to the fact that the daughters were born in the United States, they are extremely Americanized. Consequently, they do not value the Chinese heritage which their mothers valued dearly....   [tags: The Joy Luck Club Essays] 635 words
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The Eight Heroes in The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan - In the novel The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, four Chinese mother-daughter pairs, each with her own unique story, have deep connections with each other. At the beginning of the novel they each seem like ordinary women, but as the novel progresses, it becomes clear that these women are more than just mothers, daughters, or wives; they can also be considered heroes according to Joseph Campbell. Joseph Campbell says a hero is someone who undergoes a departure, where the person is confronted with a problem that they must overcome; a fulfillment, where the person finally overcomes the problem; and a return, where the person passes on what they gain and learn from the experiences in the form of a "li...   [tags: The Joy Luck Club Essays] 713 words
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Characterization in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan’s novel, The Joy Luck Club uses much characterization. Each character is portrayed in different yet similar ways. When she was raised, she would do whatever she could to please other people. She even “gave up her life for her parents promise” (49), I the story The Red Candle we get to see how Tan portrays Lindo Jong and how she is brought to life. Tan likes to show Lindo through indirect characterization. Lindo would always try to make things right. She would be polite to her new mother in law and when she was with her mother in law she would hold out a treat and say “ For you, Mother” (53)....   [tags: The Joy Luck Club Essays] 505 words
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Success vs. Wishes in the Joy Luck Club - Imagine a relationship between a coach and a player. The job of the coach is to make his student better at the sport; therefore, he puts pressure upon the player and expects him to show off the skills that he teaches him. This pressure and expectation can lead to the player winning or losing depending on the player’s motivation. Also, depending upon the result of the competition, the coach and the player can have a strong relationship or a weak one with growing distances and irritation if the two do not get along....   [tags: The Joy Luck Club Essays] 1198 words
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Plot Development in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - ... This idea helps to explain many of Jing- Mei’s actions. On the other hand, this story is placed towards the middle of the novel, meaning this story should begin to set up for the climax of the over all novel. For example, this story is about her Jing- Mei Woo’s mother wanting her to be a piano prodigy, but her daughter ends up being far from that. The daughter gets discouraged and decides to stop playing the piano for years. This story does have a climax within it’s self, but it is neither the highest point of the novel, nor is it the readers highest point of interest....   [tags: plot development, The Joy Luck Club]
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Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan - Traditions, heritage and culture are three of the most important aspects of Chinese culture. Passed down from mother to daughter, these traditions are expected to carry on for years to come. In Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, daughters Waverly, Lena, Rose and June thoughts about their culture are congested by Americanization while on their quests towards self-actualization. Each daughter struggles to find balance between Chinese heritage and American values through marriage and professional careers....   [tags: The Joy Luck Club Essays] 772 words
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Gender in The Joy Luck Club - The Joy Luck Club By Amy Tan Is it fair to judge someone by their sex. In traditional Chinese culture, many judgments were made about a person just by observing their sex. The woman was looked upon as an inferior being. They had little or no status in society, and little was expected from them. They were discriminated against when they tried to stand up for themselves. Chinese culture was customarily male dominated. The male was expected to do most of the work, and the woman was expected to stay at home with their mouth shut....   [tags: The Joy Luck Club Essays] 1051 words
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The Joy Luck Club - It is true that all people are created different, and thus no two cultures will ever be the same. Throughout Asian American literature there seems to be a struggle between the Asian culture and American culture. More specifically, there is a struggle between Asian women and their Asian American daughters, and what it means to be feminine, and how a woman should act. The main struggle is between how the American woman should act and how the Asian woman should act. However, the behavior of the Asian woman seems to be dominant through out the story because although the daughters and the mothers may not get along all of the time, the mothers to receive a lot of respect from their daughters....   [tags: The Joy Luck Club Essays] 1715 words
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Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club Parents always want what is best for their children, regardless of culture or ethnicity. In The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, and in "Life With Father" by Itabari Njeri, the parents express their parental methods upon their daughters. Children will all react differently to their parent's methods, as do Waverly, June, and Itabari, but they still share a common resentment for their parents. It is shown in the two stories how parental methods expressed to children can be misinterpreted, thus influencing the child's behavior....   [tags: The Joy Luck Club Essays] 1249 words
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Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club - Throughout The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan inserts various conflicts betweens mothers and daughters. Most of these relationships, already very fragile, become distanced through heritage, history and expectations. These differences cause reoccurring clashes between two specific mother-daughter bonds. The first relationship exists between Waverly Jong and her mother, Lindo. Lindo tries to instill Chinese qualities in her daughter while Waverly refuses to recognize her heritage and concentrates on American culture....   [tags: The Joy Luck Club Essays] 1075 words
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Altercation Amidst Disparate Cultures of American Born Chinese, Depicted in Tan's Joy Luck Club - Conflict emerges between Chinese and American cultures when Chinese parents try to discipline their American children. The “Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan, portrays the clash between Chinese and American cultures thoroughly. There are four mothers and four daughters, each mother emigrated from China and each daughter was born in the United States. Each daughter has a hard time understanding their mothers and how and what they want to teach them. Their mother’s presuppose them for eminence but they fail and chagrin their mothers....   [tags: joy luck club]
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Power of the Mother and Daughter Relationship Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club - Power of the Mother and Daughter Relationship Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club In the novel, The Joy Luck Club, the author, Amy Tan, intricately weaves together the roles and experiences of Chinese mothers with their American born daughters. During a time of war, the mothers flee from China to America, leaving behind a past filled with secrets that unravel as their daughters mature. While sharing their difficulties, these mothers must be able to teach Chinese beliefs and customs to their daughters in a way that relates to American society....   [tags: Joy Luck Club]
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Communication in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Communication in The Joy Luck Club Sadly, the characters revealed in The Joy Luck Club have personal histories so complicated by cultural and emotional misunderstandings that their lives are spent in failed attempts to cross the chasms created by these circumstances. Lindo Jong provides the reader with a summary of her difficulty in passing along the Chinese culture to her daughter: “I wanted my children to have the best combination: American circumstances and Chinese character. How could I know these two things do not mix....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays] 578 words
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Understanding the Mothers in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Understanding the Mothers in The Joy Luck Club       In America, it is common to take mothers for granted and reject the advice they try to give. Generally, their attempt to give advice is considered as an intrusion into our lives and our privacy. In The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan tries to get the reader to take a step back and see the good intentions behind our mother's actions.   In the stories told by Jing-Mei, Tan weaves in flashbacks and memories of Jing-Mei's own childhood experiences, including stories she has heard of her mother Suyuan's early life in China....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Search for Self in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - The Search for Self in The Joy Luck Club     Amy Tan's novel, The Joy Luck Club, presents a character with a divided self. One buried half of the self represents the mother, the mother's Chinese heritage, and the cold obedience she tries to instill in her daughter caused by her tragic past. The other half of the self represents the daughter, the daughter's American heritage, and the endless indignation she uses against her mother in ignorance of her mother's tragic past and her own ties to Chinese heritage....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Concession in Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club - Concession in Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club "Sometimes you have to lose pieces to get ahead," explains the narrator of "The Rules of the Game," a lost piece from Amy Tan's novel The Joy Luck Club that has arguably achieved greater readership through its appearance in numerous anthologies (505). "The Rules of the Game" pivots around the concept that one may triumph in a win-lose situation through a concession. Narrator Waverly Jong recounts applications of this idea as she grows into adolescence in her Chinese-American community....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Mother Daughter Relationship in The Joy Luck Club - Yelling at a Brick Wall The language between a mother and a daughter can create a huge brick wall in their relationship because they have different views on life, and how they should handle it. In the book "The Joy Luck Club," by Amy Tan, a story is told of An-Mei Hus and her daughter Rose Hsu Jordan, who is going though a divorce. An- Mei wants her daughter, Rose, to try and save her marriage. But Rose knows it’s pointless to try and upon that she decides to learn to stick up for her self, get a lawyer, and fight her soon to be ex-husband for the house....   [tags: The Joy Luck Club Essays] 1171 words
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The Complexity of Mother and Daughter Relationships in Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club - The Complexity of Mother and Daughter Relationships in Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club     Since the beginning of time the mother and daughter relationship has been complex.  The book The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan is a great example of the mother and daughter relationship.  In the book Amy Tan writes about four women who migrate to America from China.  All of the women were in search of a better life since the lives they had in China were not what they wanted for themselves.  Even though all of the women did not know each other until they met in America, they all share the same horrible memories of their past.  The book mainly focuses on the expectations, hopes, and dreams that the women and their...   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Bonds Between Mothers and Daughters in Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club - Bonds Between Mothers and Daughters in Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club A good mother-daughter relationship is beneficial for both the mother and the daughter. This definitely comes into play in Amy Tan’s novel titled “The Joy Luck Club.” The story is about four sets of Chinese mothers and daughters, and their first experience of growing in America. All of the mothers want to raise their children in the traditional Chinese way and still allow them to be all that they can be in America. This causes many conflicts between them when the daughters act too American and the mothers act too Chinese....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Relationships of Waverly Jong and Jing-mei Woo in The Joy Luck Club - The Relationships of Waverly Jong and Jing-mei Woo in The Joy Luck Club        Amy Tan in her novel The Joy Luck Club presents us with daughters who are striving to place themselves beyond the control of strong mothers and become individuals. Adrienne Rich in her book Of Woman Born calls this splitting from the mother, "matraphobia" (Rich, 235), and later notes: "The mother stands for the victim in ourselves, the unfree woman, the martyr. Our personalities seem dangerously to blur and overlap with our mothers; and, in a desperate attempt to know where mother ends and daughter begins we perform radical surgery." (Rich, 236) Tan shows us two characters in her novel who consciously split fr...   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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The True Message of Joy Luck Club and The Hundred Secret Senses - The True Message of Joy Luck Club and The Hundred Secret Senses   Alice Walker calls Amy Tan's novel, The Joy Luck Club, "honest, moving, and beautifully courageous."  Publisher's Weekly describes the novel as "intensely poetic, startlingly imaginative and moving ... deceptively simple yet inherently dramatic."  Not only has Amy Tan's fiction been praised for its literary merit, but it also has been included in anthologies of multicultural literature for its portrayal of Chinese and Chinese-American culture.        However, critics such as George Tseo vehemently disagree with these and other accolades, particularly regarding the cultural details of Tan's fiction and Mandari...   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays] 1922 words
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