Amy Tan Amy Tan was born in 1952, in Oakland, California to Chinese immigrants John and Daisy Tan. Her family eventually settled in Santa Clara. When Tan was in her early teens, her father and one of her brothers died of brain tumors within months of each other. During this period Tan learned that her mother had been married before, to an abusive husband in China. After divorcing him, her mother fled China during the Communist takeover, leaving three daughters behind who she would not see again for nearly forty years.
While in China, Lindo’s life takes a complete turn around as she escapes a prearranged Chinese marriage. In "The Red Candle," Lindo obeys the typical female role of being obedient at the beginning of her marriage to Tyan-yu, but later goes against these expectations and flees to America. She listens to her mother-in-law by doing household chores and by being a submissive individual. Asian society says their women "value marriage. They do not believe in divorce.
Daisy has been the one that push Amy to write more story about her life in china, her mother pass away from Alzheimer disease. Amy mother life behind her son John Tan and two half sister Lijun Wang and Tina Eng which grew up in China. In 1999 Amy had be infected with lyme disease but was only diagnosed in 2013, she was also diagnosed with epilepsy . As of today her health is not cure , but her disease has been medically managed. Amy novels had so many inspiration quote from each of her reading “ The Kitchen God’s Wife” she used a quote “ If you can’t change your fate , change your attitude” which is how today society is form people come into what ever they are doing with the most attitude and have little fate that would carry them father into life, and Mrs. Tan had a strong way of reaching her young audience.
In Amy’s teenage years she experiences the loss of her father and older brother due to brain tumors in 1966, which Amy soon finds out she has two half sisters who lives in China from her mothers first marriage. Later on Amy, her mother and younger brother move to Europe, her mother tries to carry on their Chinese traditions, but Amy longed to be Americanized. Amy attended high school in Montreux, Switzerland. When Amy graduated high school, she moves back to the United States. She soon attends Linfield College in Oregon, San Jose City College, San Jose State University, the University of California at Santa Cruz and the University of California at Berkeley.
Lindo tries to instill Chinese qualities in her daughter while Waverly refuses to recognize her heritage and concentrates on American culture. The second bond is that of Jing-Mei Woo and her mother, Suyuan. In the beginning of the book Jing-Mei speaks of confusion in her recently deceased mother's actions. The language and cultural barrier presented between Jing-Mei and Suyuan is strong enough to cause constant separation and misunderstanding. The first and most important conflict in the novel is heritage.
Because you not trying" (Tan 1210). Not only does Tan's use of choppy English help establish a distinctiveness for the mother's character, but it also demonstrates a stern voice that is incapable of showing emotion. The mother immigrated from China during the post-World War II era with many aspirations about America that made her push her daughter to be something she was not. According to Jing-mei, the daughter, My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America. America was where all my mother's hopes lay.
From the Japanese invasion of Kweilin were she lost her husband and had to leave her daughters, to her assimilation in America. Suyuan wanted to teach her daughter about these hardships so that she could understand the extent of her potential. " My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in Ameri... ... middle of paper ... ... finding her sisters and in doing this fulfilling her own. Just as Jing-Mei found what made her Chinese, Lindo discovered what made her American. "I was so much like my mother.
Each chapter deals with individual stories of relationships between husband and wife, mother and daughter, and even daughter and daughter. Every story helps the reader learn how important the mother daughter relationship is in The Joy Luck Club. First, Suyuan Woo who is actually dead but story is told by her daughter Jing-Mei Woo. Suyuan Woo started the Joy Luck Club when she came to America so she and other Chinese immigrants could talk about Chinese culture and how to carry on traditions and make living conditions better for her... ... middle of paper ... ...ws us that for young women to understand themselves they must understand their mothers. The mother daughter relationship in The Joy Luck Club is illustrated through a learning process especially in Waverly and Jing-Mei’s situations.
Mother-Daughter Relationships in Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club In the Joy Luck Club, the author Amy Tan, focuses on mother-daughter relationships. She examines the lives of four women who emigrated from China, and the lives of four of their American-born daughters. The mothers: Suyuan Woo, An-Mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, and Ying-Ying St. Clair had all experienced some life-changing horror before coming to America, and this has forever tainted their perspective on how they want their children raised. The four daughters: Waverly, Lena, Rose, and Jing-Mei are all Americans. Even though they absorb some of the traditions of Chinese culture they are raised in America and American ideals and values.
These women informed Jing-mei that the two babies, in whom her mom had left, were still alive and the location had been found. First, the mothers (Lindo, An-mei and Ying-ying) go through and tell their stories about their childhoods and growing up. Then, the daughters (Jing-mei, Rose, Waverly, and Lena) go around and tell their stories about their growing up. This put the two and two together, which mended the two together. After the mothers and daughters share the... ... middle of paper ... ...ricans think is Chinese, the one they cannot understand.