Joy Luck Club Essay

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In the Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, tells stories of four Chinese mothers and four Chinese-American daughters and their mother-daughter relationship. The four mothers met in a San Francisco church in 1949. Suyuan Woo, founder of the Joy Luck Club, convinced the other mothers An-Mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, and Yingying St. Clair to join the club. The club would meet every week at one of the mother’s house where they eat food, play mahjong, and brag about their daughters. The Chinese-American daughters tell their own personal story which includes Jing-mei Woo, Rose Hsu Jordan, Waverly Jong, and Lena St. Clair. The novel is narrated in third-person omniscient point of view.
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The couple immigrate to America where they had Jing-mei Woo. In America, Suyuan begins a new Joy Luck Club in America. The first meeting after Suyuan dies, Jing-mei Woo sits on the east side of the table. Said once by Suyuan Woo, “The East is where things begin” (Tan 41). Jing-mei Woo learns from the aunts that her mother has searched for the twin daughter over the years since she has been in America, and just before she passed away she finally found the address of the twins. The aunts give Jing-mei Woo $1,200 to travel to China to tell her half-sisters about their mom’s life; however, Jing-mei Woo comes to realize that she’s uncertain that she knows her mom enough to tell the story of her mom to her sisters. It continues with the other members in the Joy Luck Club telling their personal story. An-Mei Hsu witnesses her mother carving a part of her skin to make her herbal medicine for her dying mother. Since An-Mei’s mother was disgrace to the family she wanted to take An-Mei with her but in result of that An-Mei receives a scar because of the dispute of who will take An-mei. To avoid her arranged marriage, Lindo Jong uses a superstition to chase the man away and save herself from marrying a spoiled man. Ying-ying finds the truth that women needs hopes and desires to themselves because when she was young she watched of a man dressed up like the Moon Lady.
In the second part of the book the four daughters tell their childhood story. Waverly Jong, a national chess champion at the age 9, yells at her mom to stop showing off when they go to the market together. Anxiously, Lena St. Clair wishes that her mother would stop living with a ghostly expression because of the miscarriage she had. Finding Rose’s little brother, Bing, was impossible because he drowned in the sea, but their mother still waits for his return. Jing-mei’s mother thinks that Jing-mei can become a piano prodigy but she disappoints her mother...

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