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The Joy Luck Club Analysis

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Lukas Montes

on 7 March 2014

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Transcript of The Joy Luck Club Analysis

Suyuan & June
Background Information
Waverly & Lindo
Lena & Ying-ying
schema script: There cultures marriage tradition
The Joy Luck Club includes eight interwoven stories about four Chinese immigrant mothers and their American raised daughters. The four mothers are old friends and have made their own community and subculture playing mahjong and communicating with each other. The main character is June who is Suyuan's daughter. When her mother dies, June replaces her mother at the joy luck club and plans to go to China to meet her half-sisters. So, all members of The Joy Luck Club throw a party for June.
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As a grown woman, Waverly has now grown accustomed to the American culture.
She dated and became engaged to a White American male.
Seeking her mother's approval, she invites her fiance to a family dinner where he is not familiar with appropriate Chinese dinner manners.
Non verbal signs (oculesics): Ying stares at her first love
Values: Ying drowns her 1st husbands first born
Ritual: Lena splits everything with her husband to show equality although in the Chinese culture the male is always dominant no matter what
Psychological filter: Ying loses her spirit but no spirit to the child
Very critical of her daughter with high expectations
Founder of the Joy Luck Club
Belief in swan feather
Mother of 3 girls
Left twin daughters in China during war and lost hope
Best Maj Jong player
Best Cook
Minimally seen in the movie but her presence is known/felt

Member of several subcultures
Schema & stereotype that June seems to portray is that she is timid and not strong
This stereotype is discounted throughout the showing of the story
June was able to return to China, fulfill her mothers wish and become family with her Chinese relatives show that Junes intercultural experience will span further
At the end of the movie, June goes to China to meet her sisters. When she meets, they hug and cry, and June feels like Suyuan is with them together.
This movie has both American culture and Chinese culture at the same time because this movie is a story about four Chinese mothers and four American daughters.
Individual, less obedient
No preference
Social relationships: Informal equalitarian
Low-Context Culture
Collectivist, obedient
Prefer a male child
Formal hierarchical
High-context culture
An-Mei’s Childhood
-Father passed away.
-Mother was shunned from the family when An-Mei was a child.
-Raised by her grandparents.
-Taught that her mother was a dishonorable woman.
-Years later, her Grandmother fell ill and was going to die.
-An-Mei’s mother returns to do the duties of a daughter.
-When the Grandmother passes away, the mother gets ready to leave again. An-Mei goes with her.

-An-Mei goes to live with her Mother.
-Discovers that her mom is the fourth wife of a wealthy man.
-An-Mei and her Mother are not treated as well as the other wives.
-The second wife is treated the best because she is the only wife with a son.
-Later An-Mei learns the truth about the son.
-Her Mother commits suicide.
-Learns to stand up for herself.

-Rose meets a white man who comes from a wealthy family
-Meets his parents for the first time
-Has an encounter with his mother
-Eventually they get married
-She starts losing self-worth and only worries about her husband's happiness
-On the verge of ending their marriage
An-Mei and Rose
-An-Mei tells Rose the story of her mother.
-An-Mei helps Rose learn how to stand up for herself
-Rose realizes that she matters and her happiness matters.
: Blood in the soup
Non-verbal signs
-objectics: Chocolate peanut butter pie.
-paralinguistics: An-Mei cries out in the end.
-Prototype: An-Mei and Rose flashback to events from their memories
-Stereotypes: Rose and her husband's mother
Cultural context
: An-Mei's mother not being a good widow.
Interpersonal communication
: communication between two people
Culture, beliefs, values, norms
: affect the behavior
: All the elements of communication listed above come together to create meaning.
"The Joy Luck Club" Analysis
Rose & An-mei
Regarding the movie "The Joy Luck Club," the movie takes place within four general time frames: the childhood of the mothers that took place in China, the youthful adult years of the mother in which their immigration to America took place, childhoods of the daughters, and the adult years of the daughters interacting with their aging mothers.
Four time frames included the 1920s-1930s, the 1940s-1950s, 1960s, and the 1980s.
Throughout the movie the time frame demonstrates clash between Chinese culture and American culture.
The time frame of the movie captures how the mothers expect their daughters to obey their elders and learn by obediance observation, and imitation as they did in China.
If the audience plays close attention to the time frame, it mirrored themes as well:
1. Identity - Both mother and daughter shape and give direction to their lives.
2. Communication - Mothers feel it's their duty to encourage and or push their daughters to succeed (mothers feel thy have right to share daughter's success) and daughters see mothers as trying to prevent them from independent lives the American way.
3. Feeling - Both women and men felt love, loss, and redemption.
4. Mothers and daughters have to learn the difference between expectation and reality.
Lindo was separated from her mother at age 15 and was traded into another family to be in an arranged marriage.
What was used:
Kinesics: body movements, gestures.
Oculesics: eye behavior
Haptics: touch behavior
Psychological filters
Socio-psychological context

As a child, Waverly became chess champion and was featured on the cover of a chess magazine.
Proud of her daughter, Lindo bragged about it to everyone she saw.
Waverly decided to stop playing chess because she thought her mother's constant bragging was embarrassing.
Lindo became offended because she thought Waverly was embarrassed to be her daughter.
Lindo felt this way since she was seprated from her mother.
Waverly did not understand why she felt this way since she did not grow up with the same culture as her mother did.

What was used:
Kinesics: facial expressions
Oculesics: eye behavior
Socio-psychological context
What was used:
Oculesics: eye behavior
Paralanguage: vocal cues
Psychological filter
Socio-psychological context
By analyzing Lindo and Waverly's stories:
Messages were carried out in both cultures.
Subculture communication is taking place.
New cultures can be learned.
Daughter: Waverly
Mother: Lindo
Suyuans life in America is not all different from her life in China. In America she married a man who is very humble and understanding of the life she left behind. Though he knows her story he doesn't know all of her pain and tries to connect his daughter with her mother through stories
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