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Analysis Of The Joy Luck Club

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Introduction
In The Joy Luck Club, author Amy Tan writes about the generational tension among four immigrant Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters living in San Francisco. The novel explores themes of cultural misunderstandings, isolation, and individual feelings of uncertainty. Additionally, the story looks at how the relationships of the earliest generation of Chinese mothers and their Chinese-born children later influence the family dynamics of the four San Francisco girls and the mothers of the Joy Luck Club. The purpose of this paper is to provide an in-depth analysis of a character from this novel and plan for future counseling as if her or she were our client. The paper will include an assessment of the client, a case study, and will close with a treatment plan that explores issues particular to the client and strategies needed to work with them on their presenting concerns.
Assessment
Jing-mei Woo (June) is the main character in The Joy Luck Club. Jing-mei and the three other daughters of the Joy Luck Club are all first generation Americans born in San Francisco, California. Their mothers were born and raised in China and have tried to enforce Chinese qualities on their daughters who have now assimilated to the American culture. Jing-mei’s mother, Suyuan, belonged to the “old world” and held close to her the belief in the right of the mother to regulate and control the life of her daughter. Suyuan and the other mothers of the Joy Luck Club agreed the mother always knew best. Because Jing-mei was raised in the “New World,” she found it difficult to understand her mother’s aggressive attention to everything she did. Jing-mei’s individual identity was trampled on by her mother’s domineering attitude, leaving her ...

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...Jing-mei’s story serves to bridge the gap between all of the novel’s storytellers, as well as the gap between the American and Chinese cultures. Jing-mei has come to my office because she is experiencing a cultural identity crisis that was brought on by the recent passing of her mother, Suyuan. Generally speaking, June’s fears are shared among the other three American-born daughters of the Joy Luck Club. Although these women have mostly identified with the American way of life, they are beginning to regret having neglected their Chinese roots and are struggling to form a connection to their heritage as time goes on and their mothers begin to age.
Growing up, Jing-mei believed that her mother’s constant criticism was due to a lack of affection toward her. In fact, her mother’s high expectations were an expression of love and faith in her daughter and her choices.
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