Heung, Marina. "Daughter-Text/Mother-Text: Matrilineage in Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club." Feminist Studies. Fall 1993: 597 - 613. Schell, Orville.
Bond between Mothers and Daughters Explored in The Joy Luck Club Throughout the novel, The Joy Luck Club, author Amy Tan explores the issues of tradition and change and the impact they have on the bond between mothers and daughters. The theme is developed through eight women that tell their separate stories, which meld into four pairs of mother-daughter relationships. The Chinese mothers, so concentrated on the cultures of their own, don't want to realize what is going on around them. They don't want to accept the fact that their daughters are growing up in a culture so different from their own. Lindo Jong, says to her daughter, Waverly- "I once sacrificed my life to keep my parents' promise.
Critical Extract. Asian-American Women Writers. Ed. Harold Bloom. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 1997.
Heung, Marina. "Daughter-Text/Mother-Text: Matrilineage in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club." Feminist Studies (Fall 1993): 597-616. Huntley, E. D. Amy Tan: A Critical Companion. Westport: Greenwood P, 1998.
The daughters can not understand the reasoning behind their mothers’ decisions. However, the mothers realize their daughters are so much like them and they do not want this to happen. The daughters grow up being “Americanized,” but as they grow older they begin to want to understand their Chinese culture. All of the characters learned many valuable lessons that will be passed on to their own children. Work Cited Chinese-American Women in American Culture.
Asian American Women Writers. Ed. Harold Bloom. Chelsea House Publishers, Philadelphia 1997.
Mothers and Daughters in The Joy Luck Club Although mothers and daughters are genetically related, sometimes they seem like complete strangers. When immigrants raise their children in America, there is a great concern for these parents that American culture will negatively affect their children. In the novel, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, four mothers try to instill their Asian culture into their daughters' lifestyle; however, these daughters rebel against them, due to their desire to assimilate themselves into American culture. Early in the novel, the Joy Luck Club members discuss the different types of mah jong; it is then that Jing Mei realizes how oppositely she and her mother spoke to one another. While these women are explaining the differences in Chinese and Jewish mah jong, Jing Mei plays back the conversations that she and her mother used to have regarding the same topic.
The struggle of these second generational daughter’s to find their own niche is discussed more at length by Ben Xu from St. Mary’s college of California in his academic journal, Memory And The Ethnic Self: Reading Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, where he states “The daughters, unlike their mothers, are American not by choice, but by birth. Neither the Chinese nor the American culture is equipped to define them except in rather superficial terms.” (Xu 15) his analysis paints a dark picture for average Chinese American daughter who is in a difficult position being neither fully-Chinese nor All- American whose struggle to choose a side, and the realization that neither one fit’s, creates a mini- identity crisis. To make matters more difficult The mother’s spurred on by fear that their daughter’s will lose total connection with their ethnic origins, push harder, which only makes their daughters further retreat within themselves. As a result there is nearly a complete aversion by the daughters in the novel to anything relating their mother’s traditional background, resulting in a loss of culture and a mini failure on behalf of the mothers. A second failure on behalf of the mothers that is highlighted in Tan’s novel, is the failure at times to maintain the respect of their daughters.
"Daughter-Text/Mother-Text: Matrilineage in Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club." Feminist Studies. Fall 1993: 597 - 613. Schell, Orville. "Your Mother is in Your Bones."