This all changes once she is in China. It is in China that she begins to realize the meaning of love and self identity. The true transformation begins to set in once she learns of her mother’s hardships and meets her family members in China for the first and the last time. By the end of the store, June-May has not only become her mother but has also become China. June-May receives a letter from her twin sisters shortly after her mother’s death.
As June progresses through the journey into finding herself, she came to know that her mother wish was to reunite her sister with her family because after all Suyuan meant long-cherished wish. Suyuan was the person who gave her daughter the pendant that helped her overcome the obstacles and was the factor that furthermore boosted June’s confidence in recovering her mother’s wish. According to June, she was nothing like her mother but she has forgotten the bond that only blood related relatives share. There is only one fact that June could not change which helped her find her twins sisters and that was the unmistakable facial features that the daughters had in common with their mother. June says, “The gray-green surface changes...open in surprise to see, at last, her long-cherished wish”(332).
The women played this game in hopes of luck, to bring them joy and happiness. Suyaun was the mother of Jing-mei, Chwun Yu and Chwun Hwa; Chwun and Chwun had to stay in China because Suyaun had to leave them. Suyaun died and Jing-mei had to take care of herself. She became well aquanted with the other leaders of the club: Ying-Ying, Lindo, and An-mei. These women informed Jing-mei that the two babies, in whom her mom had left, were still alive and the location had been found.
Ruth struggles with the text since it is in her mother’s beautifully written Chinese calligraphy, of which she understands only a few characters. At first, Ruth’s mother constantly pestered her to read the pages of her past, but Ruth never took the time and now feels the guilt rise over her disregard for something so important to her mother. She must have the papers translated soon, as she realizes time with her mother may soon be drastically altered by LuLing’s confusion as a result of the toll Alzheimer’s has begun to inflict. As Ruth’s mind flashes back to events in her childhood, she begins to understand her mother’s actions were designed to protect her, encourage her, and give her the best in life. ... ... middle of paper ... ... also set those pages aside, she picked them up and found their meaning before her mother slipped completely into the depths of Alzheimer’s.
The mothers start and end the book because although their children are at more critical moments in their lives, the mothers are more conflicted internally. Jing-mei bridges the gap between the two generations by introducing and concluding the novel, appearing as herself and her mother’s voice. Jing-mei takes her mother’s place on the East side of the mahjong table (Tan 27). This symbolizes the beginning of her physical journey east to China and her new understanding of her heritage. Tan also includes the mah-jong table to tie Jing-mei to her mother even as all the mothers and daughters renew their relationships and retrieve their identities.
I am always for my sisters, giving them a trusting relationship and helping to shape them as a person. No matter what, I make sure my sisters and I overcome our differences and provide each other with a built-in best friend. All of these qualifications are what make up a good sibling. I believe I fit these specific criteria, qualifying me as a great sister.
The mother’s firmly believed that if you were obedient to your mother you would grow up a good Chinese woman – but that was the problem. "One of the major conflicts between the mothers and their daughters is the desire of the young generation to become more Americanized" (Ballantine Teacher’s Guide on The Joy Luck Club). The daughters were raised in America, which meant that they were influenced a great deal by American ways. There was no preventing that. The significance of the relationships between mother and daughter were a result of a clash of culture between Chinese belief and American tradition.
As she learned more about her mother's past by her stories of China:" There were things so strange and beautiful you can't possibly imagine them...We were a city of leftovers mixed together"(1Tan 8) she comes to respect her mother. When she faces trials of her own she is able to take her mother's advice. When Jing-Mei is thirty-six her mother dies of a brain aneurysm, her memory of her mother gives her strength, she realizes that her mother felt the same during her life. Suyuan's voice echoes in her head "Can you imagine h... ... middle of paper ... ... Each woman through many trials and tribulations learned who they were and where they came from. No matter what happened they had the love of their mothers.
The Joy Luck Club (1985) was written by Amy Tan (1952). The Joy Luck Club is the story of a Chinese mother who leaves everything behind, a mother who leaves her family in China in order to get her children (in this case our protagonist June) a better life. Or as Amy Tan says: “The Joy Luck Club, about a woman whose mother has just died and who regrets that she never knew who she truly was. The stories poured out. They were what I felt and had to say before it was too late.
“A pair of tickets” is a narration by Jing Mei in which she and her dad head back to china to reunite with her long lost sisters who are twins. In the course of the story, insight regarding the background of the story is conveyed. This includes the revelation as to why Jing Mei’s mother leaves her twins. The insight also projects the life of the twins after their adoption as well as the life of their mother in America. Sunayun starts the search for her children but fails.