Amy Tan’s classic short story, is a coming of age story as the main character wakes up to her heritage when she travels back to China. It is also a story of internal racial tension, not in the sense of prejudice, but internal racial conflict that exists inside Jing-mei as the battle between what she is by nature and what she is by birth. She suddenly discovers her long lost sisters just a month after her mother dies (Danielle 2014). She goes to China and after her arrival, Jing-Mei sees her two sisters who she has never seen before and finally realizes that both of them are as same as her mother. These discoveries lead her to explore her true Chinese identity and reunite with entire family.
As we look at the previous repeated words, the “blood” means a lineage of family and relations. Blood also signifies your identity. In the story, May June, does not understand her Chinese blood identity at the beginning. She was embarrassed by her mother’s behavior. She did not realize what it meant when her mother said “Once you are born Chinese, you cannot help but feel and think Chinese…It is in your blood, waiting to be let go.” She admits that even though she is 36 years old, “I’ve never known what it means to be Chinese.” It is not until she goes to China and finally meets her half sisters that she understands what it is to be Chinese.
The Joy Luck Club (1985) was written by Amy Tan (1952). The Joy Luck Club is the story of a Chinese mother who leaves everything behind, a mother who leaves her family in China in order to get her children (in this case our protagonist June) a better life. Or as Amy Tan says: “The Joy Luck Club, about a woman whose mother has just died and who regrets that she never knew who she truly was. The stories poured out. They were what I felt and had to say before it was too late.
She was forced however to leave the girls on the side of the road. She had to do this because she was becoming sick and she feared not only for own life but also the lives of her daughters. She hoped that someone would come by them alone and take them in. This was all her mother had told her about her two older sisters. For years her mother had been trying to find her lost daughters, but had no luck.
Meanwhile, her mother suffered a serious illness. Tan resolved to take a trip to China with her mother if she recovered. In 1987, after Daisy Tan returned to health, they traveled to China to visit the three daughters that Daisy had not seen for several decades and the three sisters Tan had never met. The trip provided Tan with a new perspective on her mother, and it proved to be the key inspiration for her first book, The Joy Luck, a collection of sixteen... ... middle of paper ... ...r mothers death to meet her half sisters. While in China Jing-mei finds out that she did appreciate her mother although she was worried that she didn't and knew nothing about her.
As she learned more about her mother's past by her stories of China:" There were things so strange and beautiful you can't possibly imagine them...We were a city of leftovers mixed together"(1Tan 8) she comes to respect her mother. When she faces trials of her own she is able to take her mother's advice. When Jing-Mei is thirty-six her mother dies of a brain aneurysm, her memory of her mother gives her strength, she realizes that her mother felt the same during her life. Suyuan's voice echoes in her head "Can you imagine h... ... middle of paper ... ... Each woman through many trials and tribulations learned who they were and where they came from. No matter what happened they had the love of their mothers.
The mothers start and end the book because although their children are at more critical moments in their lives, the mothers are more conflicted internally. Jing-mei bridges the gap between the two generations by introducing and concluding the novel, appearing as herself and her mother’s voice. Jing-mei takes her mother’s place on the East side of the mahjong table (Tan 27). This symbolizes the beginning of her physical journey east to China and her new understanding of her heritage. Tan also includes the mah-jong table to tie Jing-mei to her mother even as all the mothers and daughters renew their relationships and retrieve their identities.
America was where all my mother's hopes lay. She had come to San Francisco in 1949 after losing everything in China: her mother and father, her family home, her first husband, and two daughters, twin baby girls. (1208) The mother's great losses in China and the cold obedience instilled in her from her childhood are what make Suyuan Woo l... ... middle of paper ... ... and daughters love each other and how their heritage can be influential in itself. Works Cited Dorris, Michael. "Mothers and Daughters."
Sense “A Pair of Ticket” is a story of self discovery, as she goes on a figurative journey to self discovery to China. The birthplace of her parent, she believes she found a part of herself that she had denied many years. In general Jing Mei came to an understanding of her identity, how her attitude towards her Chinese heritage change during her journey into China. She learns the main reason why she went back home, not only to share the memories with her half sister about their mother, but also identify with her own Chinese culture, her own
They see daughters who grow impatient when their mothers talk in Chinese, who think they are stupid when they explain things in fractured English. (Tan 40-41) Amy Tan frames The Joy Luck Club with Jing-mei Woo's search for identity. When Jing-mei's mother's friends tell Jing-mei that her sisters have at long last been found and insist that she tell her sisters about their mother's life, Jing-mei emotionally replies that she does not know her mother. However, her mother's friends' generosity helps Jing-mei to realize how much she wishes that she had understood her mother, how desperately she would like to question her if only she could. It is in this moment that Jing-mei recognizes the necessity of understanding her mother's life in order both to figure out who her mother was and to understand herself.