What is the joy luck club by amy tan about

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what is the joy luck club by amy tan about

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Four mothers, four daughters, four families, whose histories shift with the four winds depending on whos telling the stories. In 1949, four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, meet weekly to play mahjong and tell stories of what they left behind in China. United in loss and new hope for their daughters futures, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Their daughters, who have never heard these stories, think their mothers advice is irrelevant to their modern American lives – until their own inner crises reveal how much theyve unknowingly inherited of their mothers pasts.

With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.
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It was not until the publication of Maxine Hong Kingston's mystical memoir of her San Francisco childhood, The Woman Warrior, that Asian-American writers broke into mainstream American literature.
Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club Reader’s Guide

It was also eventually turned into a short story. It focuses on four Chinese American immigrant families in San Francisco who start a club known as The Joy Luck Club, playing the Chinese game of mahjong for money while feasting on a variety of foods. The book is structured somewhat like a mahjong game, with four parts divided into four sections to create sixteen chapters. The three mothers and four daughters one mother, Suyuan Woo, dies before the novel opens share stories about their lives in the form of vignettes. Each part is preceded by a parable relating to the game.

The fact that mothers and daughters annoy, argue with, and fight with each other but still manage to love each other pretty much more than anything in the world is well-documented. We're deliberately leaving Gilmore Girls off this list, because that mom-daughter relationship is way too buddy-buddy to be strictly accurate. So: what happens when the tinder of culture clash is laid on top of the already roaring bonfire of mom-daughter conflict? Meet Suyuan, An-mei, Lindo, and Ying-ying. These mothers all left China in the middle of the 20thb Century for America, where they all hoped they could forge a better life and raise happy families. They're all deeply informed by their cultural heritage: their views on child-rearing, education, marriage, and careers are all based in Chinese custom and philosophy. Now meet their daughters: Jing-mei, Waverly, Lena, and Rose.

We're going to be honest here: there's way too much going on in The Joy Luck Club to briefly summarize. You should definitely go check out the chapter summaries to get a better grasp on everything that happens Here's why: this book details a whopping eight perspectives on living a life that's rich with both Chinese history and traditions and American life and traditions. The novel is comprised of sixteen chapters, with each woman with the exception of Suyuan getting two chapters with which to tell her story. And, surprisingly, this novel isn't s everal thousand pages long. It weighs in at at relatively slim pages.

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Joy Luck - Chapter 5 - Rules of the Game

The daughters do not know what has inspired their warnings and advice: the hardships their mothers suffered in China before coming to America. They recall moments in their past when they were faced with similar circumstances but defied what they believed was bad fate in order to find their true worth. The book begins in the voice of June Jing-mei Woo, a woman in her thirties, who lives in San Francisco. To these aunties, June confesses what every mother fears: that mother and daughter never understood each other. Their warnings were backward superstitions.


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