Throughout The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan inserts various conflicts betweens mothers and daughters. Most of these relationships, already very fragile, become distanced through heritage, history and expectations. These differences cause reoccurring clashes between two specific mother-daughter bonds. The first relationship exists between Waverly Jong and her mother, Lindo. Lindo tries to instill Chinese qualities in her daughter while Waverly refuses to recognize her heritage and concentrates on American culture.
(pg. 291). Lindo is hurt because her daughter Waverly, is talking to her like she is a child. Waverly does not do this on purpose, she just has a hard time understanding her mother and her background, like the other daughters in the book. "Living with their traditional culture in American society, Chinese-American women suffer the prob... ... middle of paper ... ...ying to save their daughters from the cultural barriers, and identity crisis’ that they had to face.
Jing Mei rebells; however by also continuing to speak in English while her mother speaks in Chinese. Later on in the novel, Waverly and her mother, Lindo, fight with each other over a silly haircut. Lindo is annoyed by... ... middle of paper ... ...it has many problems. Ying-ying helps her daughter by realizing her own flaws in her marriage and also seeing how unhappy her daughter is. Ying-ying helps her daughter by telling her about her own marriage and the struggles she went through.
She is confronted by many obstacles, which cause problems with not only her mother, but also with her attempt to discover her personal identity. Although the narrator’s assimilation to the American culture causes numerous conflicts with her mother, she is able to overcome adversity and come of age as a Chinese-American with the help of her mother’s stories. In Kingston’s first story, “No Name Woman,” the reader is first introduced to the stories of the narrator’s mother. This particular tale involves an aunt that the narrator never knew, who was shunned from her family for having an affair. It was through this story that the narrator learned how careful a young woman must be when growing up in the Chinese culture.
“With time and maturity, Tan says, she gained a sense of pride in her heritage and formed a connection with her mother” (“The Joy Luck Club” 235). Like their author, the daughters in The Joy Luck Club experience a transformation in attitude towards their mothers and China over the course of the story, but the essential theme is more universal than that. Through the relationships of Chinese-born mothers and their American-born daughters, Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club speaks to not only generational and cultural struggles within immigrant families but the struggle of all people to discover a unique identity. The plots in each of the sixteen short stories intertwine to resolve the conflicts between mothers and daughters so that they can live in
In the story it talks about how Kingston used to bully a silent Chinese girl. Kingston told her mother how she feels and her mother told her to be quiet. Kingston gets frustrated from her mom and she tells her mother confessions. She end up thanking her mom for the talk-stories. This chapter shows readers how Chinese people are expected to be respectful and “quiet”, and because there was a girl in Kingston’s class who was quiet, she wanted to be the only quiet person so she bullied her.
They lose their sense of Chinese values, or Chinese tradition in which their mothers tried to drill into their minds. The four young women adopt the American culture and way of life, and they think differently than their traditional Chinese mothers do, upsetting the mothers greatly. The daughters do not even understand the culture of their mothers, and vice versa. They find that the American way of thinking is very different from that of the Chinese. Amy Tan is a Chinese-American author.
The Woman Warrior In her autobiography, The Woman Warrior, Maxine talks-story about how she grew up surrounded by the Chinese culture but went to American schools. How her mother told her stories of herself as a shaman and of Fa Mu Lan when Maxine brought home good grades. How she was put down by the Chinese sexism and rebelled from it. This is the story of Maxine’s search for a compromise between the American culture and the Chinese culture and how she eventually found a balance between the two cultures. When Maxine was growing up in Chinatown her mother, Brave Orchid, would tell her stories, stories about Chinese heroes, stories about being a shaman in China, stories of her nameless aunt.
After the mothers and daughters share the... ... middle of paper ... ...ricans think is Chinese, the one they cannot understand. But inside I am becoming ashamed” (255). Lindo struggled with showing her true identity. In the quote, she illustrated her need to use an “American face” to hide her true emotions. The American face is similar to a mask that Lindo metaphorically used to conceal herself.
All the mothers in The Joy Luck Club had so much hope for their daughters in America, but instead their lives ended up mirroring their mother’s life in China. All the relationships had many hardships because of miscommunication from their different cultures. As they grew older the children realized that their ... ... middle of paper ... ... and in her hurry to get away, she (falls) before she even reach(s) the corner,” (87). This foreshadows the relationship between the mothers and daughters in The Joy Luck Club. The daughters can not understand the reasoning behind their mothers’ decisions.