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Describe An Issue In The Joy Luck Club, By Amy Tan, And Explain How The Author Presents It.

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The book, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan is a short story book. Each individual story is told from a different viewpoint of each of the seven characters: three migrant Chinese mothers, and their four American-Chinese daughters.The book has a mother-daughterly, familial theme. More specifically, it focuses on the issue of cultural clash between the Americanised daughters and their still-traditional, Chinese mothers.Amy Tan does this by presenting the conflicting views and stories of both sides, providing the reader (and, ultimately, the characters) with an understanding of the mentalities of both mother and daughter - and why each one is the way she is.Although The Joy Luck Club is a short story book, the individual stories relate to each other and correlate to express this issue. The stories are grouped into four sections: (generally) two devoted to the mothers and two to the daughters. Each section has a title of its own and is 'introduced' by a brief excerpt which carries a theme parallel to the ones explored by the stories that follow.Amy Tan presents this issue of cross-cultural mother-daughter relationships by examining the various aspects of the issue - for instance, the similarity in the natures of mother and daughter, communication breakdowns, the effect external aspects have on the relationship, and what happened in the lives of the mothers that moulded their personalities and ideals.Each of the four sections of the book is dedicated to one of these aspects and together, they explore this grand issue and tell a larger tale of its own.The book sets off with the untimely death of Jing-mei Woo's mother, who founded the Joy Luck Club and died with unfinished businesses - the knowledge that her two daughters (whom she'd abandoned as infants while escaping from China) are still alive.Amy Tan write from experience, for many of the stories derive from events in her own life - the incident that kick-starts the story is Jing-mei's mission to find her two half-sisters - this was a similar case with Amy Tan's mother.The first section is an introduction, telling of the background and raising many questions of the mothers' childhoods in China. Set against the backdrop of Japanese invasion and communist takeover, this first section (titled Feathers From A Thousand Li Away) explores the beginnings and events from which the mothers' personalities were shaped - for example, the cunning of Lindo Jong or the endurance of An-mei Hsu. These mothers try to enforce the strengths in their personalities upon their daughters in the traditional Chinese way. The daughters, however, as a result of social bigotry against their Eastern backgrounds and their desire to assimilate into the American culture, choose to dismiss their mother's words and actions as biased and petty 'Chinese superstition' - without seeing in them their wisdom.The second and third sections form the body of the story. Both are about the daughters - first their childhoods, and then their married...

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