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The Joy Luck Club
Transcript of The Joy Luck Club
Love, loss and redemption
Conclusion Introduction About the author
Background of the book
Brief introduction to the themes Amy Tan Background of the book Family background, Amy’s life experience Amy is the middle child and only daughter among Daisy and John Tan's three children. In the late 1960s Amy's sixteen-year-old brother Peter died of a brain tumor. Within a year of Peter's death, Amy's father died of the same disease. After these family tragedies, they moved to Switzerland. During this period, Amy learned about her mother's former marriage to an abusive man in China, and of their four children, including three daughters and a son who died as a toddler. In 1987 Amy traveled with Daisy to China.
Before writing The Joy Luck Club Theme Clash between Chinese culture and
American culture Changing Legacy of women Love and marriage, sacrifice and suffering
1031700022 Generation gap 1. Causes: Different Cultures and beliefs
the individuality of each woman
the miscommunication between the two generations and how mothers and daughters are unique through authentic dialect and dialogue
different standards of their way of life; different worlds; different cultures and beliefs 2. Aspects:
(1) Chinese vs. English Daughters always speak English, but Mothers often speak Chinese.
Lack of communication between two generations in different languages (2). Criticism and Force Vs. Encouragement and Independent
Chinese parents express their love to children through criticism and force. On the contrary, the American parents show affection through encouragement.
For example, Suyuan always compares her daughter Jing-mei with Waverly.
(3). Modesty Vs. Confidence
Modesty is a Chinese traditional virtue.
American is confident. In the novel, Lindo cooks for Waverly’s boyfriend, Rich.
Lindo’s modesty and Rich’s confidence
3. However, at the end of the novel, …
Daughters all understand their
mothers. The coming together: American Culture and Chinese Culture; Two Generations.
The Joy Luck Club is a link between
the two generations.
It is also the link between the east and the west. Aaron
Different cultures Chinese Filial obedience
Criticism-enveloped expression of love
Self-esteem Examples Jing-Mei believes that her mother’s constant blame is the embodiment of lacking of affection. However, in fact, the mother’s severity and high expectations are expressions of love and faith in her daughter .
Jing-Mei fears that she cannot tell her mother’s story to her half-sisters, “What will I say? What can I tell them about my mother? I don’t know anything.”
When Lindo asks her daughter Waverly to finish her coffee, Waverly says:“ Don’t be so old fashioned, Ma. I’m my own person.”
Different languages Mothers from China
Daughters born in America
Examples June says, “My mother and I never really understood one another. We translated each other’s meaning and I seemed to hear less than was said, while my mother heard more.”
A mother knows what is inside you,” mother said…“A psyche-tricks will only make you hulihutu, make you see heimongmong.” Rose cannot find the right English terms to meet with “Hulihutu” and “Heimongmong”. Different experiences Mothers Have been to America when China was intruded by Japanese Felt that they lost some of their Chinese traditions
Tried to hold fast of the Chinese tradition and pass it to their daughters.
Daughters Born in America
Didn’t appreciate their mother pouring the Chinese tradition to them and their Chinese way of love
In the story “Two Kinds” Jing-Mei says:
I failed my mother so many times, each time asserting my own will, my right to fall short of expectations. I didn’t get straight as I didn’t become class president. I didn’t get into Stanford. I dropped out of college. Eric
1031700018 Conclusion Balanced structure → Chinese value and harmony
Four sections, four tales → mahjong game “The East is where everything begins” In the mahjong games, Suyuan’s corner was east
China---the East is where the mothers begin and the daughters’ identities begin
At last, Jing-mei found her full identity in the East
“Feathers from a thousand Miles Away” The mothers’ hopes for their daughters and transformation Communication between mothers
and daughters The mothers’ Chinese heritage
Amy Tan (born February 19, 1952 in Oakland, California) is an American writer whose works explore mother-daughter relationships. Her most well-known work is The Joy Luck Club, which has been translated into 35 languages. In 1993, the book was adapted into a commercially successful film. June speaks for herself and her mother → her narrative bridges two cultures and the two lives of mother and daughter “The Twenty-Six malignant Gates” The mothers’ protectiveness
The daughters ignore the warnings, to their own harm
“American Translation” Translations
the American daughters as the reflections or duplicates of their Chinese mothers
their mothers’ warnings and advice were valid
“Queen Mother of the Western Skies” The mothers are the Queen Mother
The mothers, who lose their innocence, never lose hope for their daughters
Author’s dedication from the original novel To my mother
and the memory of her mother
You asked me once
what I would remember.
This, and much more.
References Amy Tan’s 1st novel, published in 1989
A collection of interrelated stories
Stories of four Chinese-immigrant women and their American-born daughters
Catapulted Tan onto the international stage
Culture Shock Kayson
1031700012 Love Ignorance and disregard of love
Mothers showed love through action
Ignorance and disregard of love Mothers pretend they do not care about their children
Lindo’s mother treats her as if she belongs to somebody else
Still gives her "a necklace that is made out of a tablet of red jade."
Children’s reaction quarrel with their mothers
this does not affect the mother's love of their children
although Waverly hurts Lindo so much, Lindo does not leave her alone Mothers showed love through action Suyuan stops Jing-mei from taking the worst crab
Mothers who share their love are as generous as the sun which distributes sunshine every day
References http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/mela ni/cs6/tan.html
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