Mothers And Daughters In Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

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The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan is a New York Times Bestseller, and is centered around eight women, and takes place around the 1970’s in San Francisco. Suyuan Woo, An mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, and Ying-ying St. Clair are from China. They are the mothers to Jing-mei Woo “June,” Rose Hsu Jordan, Waverly Jong, and Lena St. Clair. At the beginning of the story Suyuan Woo dies and leaves her spot in the Joy Luck Club for her daughter June. The Joy Luck Club is a gathering that the four mothers made in Kweilin, China. Suyuan Woo was the main founder and picked the other three women to join her. They made the Joy Luck Club to keep their spirits up through the hardships that they faced.
Each week Suyuan Woo would host the party, and they played Mah Jong,
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They were also different enough for you to find out new things, but they related to each other where you were able to get the same idea and understand each character. The Joy Luck Club was a great book and shows people things from the past. Readers can learn a lot about Chinese culture by reading this book. The relationship between the mother and daughter and the lessons they learn can be applied to any culture as well. The book was kind of confusing at first because it jumped around to different people, and you could easily have the stories mixed up. Looking back at previous stories as a reminder of what happened helps you keep the individual’s stories separated. People could also have an insight between the two generations and have a little more understanding of another culture besides their own. Suyuan Woo said “It’s not that we had no heart or eyes for pain. We were all afraid. We all had our miseries. But to despair was to wish back for something already lost.” The Joy Luck Club was a gathering for happiness through rough times and that you should not dwell on the things that you can’t