I thought that the book was very deep and had a very powerful meaning. While waiting to go to the party on a nearby boat, Ying-Ying watches the cook, but she is too close and get fish blood on her dress. A differe I love this book! When Suyuan was a young woman, her first husband moved her and their two babies to the city of Kweilin to keep them safe from the encroaching Japanese. United in shared loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. The wind is invisible yet strong. She thinks that her first marriage drained her fierce spirit so much that she did not teach it to her daughter, who was also born in the year of the Tiger.
The lucky one would have a husband who treated her like a person and the unlucky one would had a husband who treated her just like a dog, even worse. With a teensy exception at the very very end of the novel seriously, like, last 3 sentences , it seemed like none of the mothers and daughters or even husbands and wives or friends understood each other or were capable of communicating with each other at all. I think we all have ways of dealing with the pressures of childhood. I feel, quite honestly, that I do not have any business judging the quality of 's most famous work. So reading The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan was quite the vicarious experience - though I am not Chinese nor a daughter, I could connect to several of the themes that ran throughout the novel. In the book there are different stories about the lives of Chinese-American mother and daughters, and the everyday struggles each of them have.
The Joy Luck Club is a beautifully written poignant tale of Chinese women trying to fit in in America. It was adapted into a movie in 1993 for which Tan penned the screenplay. In an effort to erase her past, Ying-ying comes to America as a war bride. Most of these relationships, already very fragile, become distanced through heritage, history and expectations. Suyuan intended to return to China for her other daughters, but failed to find them before her death. Lindo bragged about her daughter a lot and took her around the shops in Chinatown to show her off. Both of their mothers were against the match, which made them both more determined.
It is at the opening of the book that June Mei finds out that her mother had twin daughters in China who she abandoned as babies and after all these years, they have been found. Daisy decided that their house was cursed, and that nine bad things would happen there. The daughters are addressed by their English names, or they do not have a Chinese name at all. The theme of the book is the challenges of cultural translation, so basically not knowing how to express themselves in both cultures. I love Keats and Byron and Blake.
Strongest wind cannot be seen. As children, the daughters in this book are ashamed of their mothers and don't take them very seriously, dismissing them as quirky and odd. Chinese culture was customarily male dominated. She gives her daughter an American name in hopes that she will fit into the country better. My brother has been teaching English over there for a few years now and I plan on visiting one day.
Then he spits her tears out into eggs that opened into magpies. The stories of the mothers' lives in China are sensitively and delicately combined with the perceptions of the daughters, making the novel eloquently poignant tale. The power of story telling, because thanks to that the mothers where able to communicate better with their daughters. Seeking to find their identities as women, mothers, daughters, and wives, they find joy in the lives they create. An-Mei's mother re-knots the necklace to hide the missing bead, but now An-Mei knows the truth about Second Wife's seeming generosity.
The sad thing is, after I finished the book, my love affair a la John Hinckley Jr. Her mother teaches her the importance of asserting herself. It's just that most of the time they are tainted or at least touched by the hand of the West. Her father has asked her to take over her mother's corner of the Mah Jong table in the Joy Luck Club. Through years of experience and hard work. Although Jing-Mei admits she had forgotten how to play the piano, Suyuan encourages her to try again. Character Analysis Suyuan Woo — the founder of the Joy Luck Club.
She begins to develop a passive personality and represses her feelings as she grows up in. Amy Tan, a Chinese-American woman, uses the cultural values of Chinese women in American culture in her novel, The Joy Luck Club. What is was like to grow up and it's wonderful to appreciate the different perspectives and strong stories that are portrayed. By ignoring love, concentrating more on material possessions, and hiding their true identities, the characters don't realize love's importance. Together this group of women forms four sets of mother and daughter pairs. She longed to have the same kind of open interaction and expression with her own mother. She gave birth to a boy, and the second wife took the child for her own son.
At the same time, each mother feels her daughter does not have a handle on life. These issues unfold in her stories about four Chinese mothers and their American raised daughters. The three mothers and four daughters one mother, Suyuan Woo, dies before the novel opens. I was going to call Amy Tan, and speak with her myself. I am a prime example of biculturalism in America.