Cultural Symbolism In Amy Tan's Joy Luck

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In the novel, the “Joy Luck Club,” ‘joy luck’ is seen as a cultural concept that cannot be translated. ‘Joy luck’ was referred when anyone could be anything while living a joyful, lucky life in a poor, unsafe home condition. During the time of these four women, they would use their own resources to enjoy potlucks together every week with games of mahjong and quality food. To the daughters, ‘joy luck’ is not as powerful as it is to their mothers because they were in born the United States, where their children were more opened to possibilities and chances that their mothers never got to experience. Their daughters have conformed into the American morals knowing only a small portion of their cultural background but refuse to learn more because …show more content…

Lastly, the concept is the belief in destiny, fate and birthdates. In the novel, Chinese culture is presented by the year, the hour, the minute of a person’s birth provides enough information about the person’s destiny, fate and personality. Matchmakers is a profession based on fate and birthdates that help find out the person’s information. “The village matchmaker came to (one of the characters’) family when (she) was just two years old” and told her who she would marry. The matchmakers words turned out to be true because the family was convinced that it was their daughter’s fate. The book is based on how Chinese relationships are different to United States relationships. These examples show the importance of culture in the Joy Luck Club. The conflicts between the mother and daughters are based on differences in culture. While the mothers are trying to teach their daughters Chinese morals, the daughters are refusing to learn because they have adapted into American morals and are more comfortable to them. The idea of obedience, marriage, and relationship between destiny and birthdate were all told through storytelling which was the language they used to communicate to each

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