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Eir 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 they've 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. It s not fashionable to profess a liking for The Joy Luck Club In both academic and literary circles Tan has been maligned for her seeming misandry and racial self loathing raked across the coals for her largely negative portrayal of AsianAsian American men and for marrying off all her Asian American female characters to white men She s been dismissed for writing chick lit lightweight family melodrama laced with orientalist cliches She s even been accused of being politically reactionary As Asian American literature scholar Erin Ninh states in her academic text Ingratitude The Joy Luck Club conveniently ignores America s systemic racial and economic discrimination It must be understood as part and parcel of an assimilationist obfuscation of power And yet I have a soft spot for this book Because damn it Amy Tan was a pioneer a groundbreaker When I first read this novel at age 14 or so it really spoke to me It thrilled me that someone was finally writing down the difficult truths of Asian American mother daughter relationships exposing the hidden realities of my private life to the public eye A risky thing to do as Amy Chua learned to her chagrin decades later Waverly Jong s tragic story of chess playing and mother daughter psychological warfare how could anyone not find it unforgettable The scene where Lindo Jong poisons her daughter s mind against the mink coat she previously loved doesn t it perfectly sum up the complicated lovehate dynamic between two devious and damaged women intelligent and yet conditioned by society to waste their intelligence scheming against each other Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose yet I have a soft spot for this book Because damn it Amy Tan was a pioneer a groundbreaker When I first read this novel at age 14 or so it really spoke to me It thrilled me that someone was finally writing down the difficult truths of Asian American mother daughter relationships exposing the hidden realities of my private life to the public eye A risky thing to do as Amy Chua learned to her chagrin decades later Waverly Jong s tragic story of chess playing and mother daughter psychological warfare how could anyone not find it unforgettable The scene where Lindo Jong poisons her daughter s mind against the mink coat she previously loved doesn t it perfectly sum up the complicated lovehate dynamic between two devious and damaged women intelligent and Dangerous Melody (Treasure Seekers yet conditioned by society to waste their intelligence scheming against each other

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Four mothers four daughters four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's 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 Th. During high school when I did not have the life experience to fully appreciate her work I read each of Amy Tan s books as they came out Now years later with many other books and various experiences under my belt I reread The Joy Luck Club Tan s first book as part of my March Women s History Month lineup Following her mother s death June Mei Woo has replaced her mother Suyuan at her monthly mah jong game Suyuan started this game and Joy Luck Club when she first immigrated to the United States as a way to maintain her Chinese culture in a new country The other families who joined her the Hsus Jongs and St Claires became like family as together they celebrated festivals children s birthdays and indoctrinated the next generation in Chinese culture Yet June Mei and her friends from the group Waverly Rose and Lena for the most part were interested in achieving the American dream often times at the expense of their mothers who worked hard to preserve their Chinese cultural existence It is also only at these meetings that these four ladies could pour out the sorrows of the life they left behind in China including extended families who stayed in villages while these fortunate ones moved to Shanghai and Hong Kong and then to the United States Away from these intimate gatherings even the daughters of these women did not know much about their mothers lives in China It is at the opening of the book that June Mei finds out that her mother had twin daughters in China who she abandoned as babies and after all these years they have been found Much to June Mei s chagrin the older women urge her to travel to China to meet her sisters and teach them about their mother s heritage While much about immigration experience The Joy Luck Club is also about both the younger and older generation s path to self discovery Tan uses a vignette format to alternate stories between the younger and older women with June Mei s voice serving as a voice between the two I enjoyed learning about life in pre revolutionary rural China and the hardships that drove the Chinese to immigrate in the first place Once in the United States however the protagonists strove to preserve the same language food culture of the China that they were uick to leave behind The fact that none of their daughters chose to marry Chinese men attests to the generation gap between first and second generation immigrants of any ethnic group As in many cases when the children move toward middle age then they become interested in their parents heritage as is the case here Unfortunately it does change the gap that had been created when the children shunned their culture in exchange for life as normal Americans When published The Joy Luck Club was an innovative look at Chinese immigrants and how being Chinese changes with each generation Tan has encouraged an entire generation of Chinese American writers who we can enjoy today and now there are a plethora of cultural groups writing about their immigrant experience I recently read as part of a buddy read The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri and many of the participants noted that Lahiri s writing is much like Tan s a generation later Talking about how Indian culture changes from one generation to the next Lahiri does seem much as Tan the torch bearer for this style of writing That the Joy Luck Club has been an on the same page selection in multiple cities as well as studied in schools speaks to its enduring ualities I look forward to revisiting Tan s other books again and rate The Joy Luck Club 4 bright stars The Prince of Pleasure (The Wilde Brothers, years they have been found Much to June Mei s chagrin the older women urge her to travel to China to meet her sisters and teach them about their mother s heritage While much about immigration experience The Joy Luck Club is also about both the Hers to Protect younger and older generation s path to self discovery Tan uses a vignette format to alternate stories between the Her Small-Town Hero younger and older women with June Mei s voice serving as a voice between the two I enjoyed learning about life in pre revolutionary rural China and the hardships that drove the Chinese to immigrate in the first place Once in the United States however the protagonists strove to preserve the same language food culture of the China that they were uick to leave behind The fact that none of their daughters chose to marry Chinese men attests to the generation gap between first and second generation immigrants of any ethnic group As in many cases when the children move toward middle age then they become interested in their parents heritage as is the case here Unfortunately it does change the gap that had been created when the children shunned their culture in exchange for life as normal Americans When published The Joy Luck Club was an innovative look at Chinese immigrants and how being Chinese changes with each generation Tan has encouraged an entire generation of Chinese American writers who we can enjoy today and now there are a plethora of cultural groups writing about their immigrant experience I recently read as part of a buddy read The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri and many of the participants noted that Lahiri s writing is much like Tan s a generation later Talking about how Indian culture changes from one generation to the next Lahiri does seem much as Tan the torch bearer for this style of writing That the Joy Luck Club has been an on the same page selection in multiple cities as well as studied in schools speaks to its enduring ualities I look forward to revisiting Tan s other books again and rate The Joy Luck Club 4 bright stars

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Each woman reveals her secrets trying to unravel the truth about her life the strings become tangled 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. Those of you who read my blog are most likely aware that my relationship with my mother is not all bouncing bunnies and beautiful butterflies As an American born son raised with traditionally Asian standards my childhood has been filled with conflicts resulting in screaming matches and bountiful tears So reading The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan was uite the vicarious experience though I am not Chinese nor a daughter I could connect to several of the themes that ran throughout the novelThe interweaving vignettes that comprise the book are too intricate to explain completely without writing a long review but the book is basically about four Chinese women who immigrate to San Francisco They have all endured great hardship but are each hopeful about their futures as well as their daughters futures Through sixteen short stories we are able to view major events in their lives that have shaped their mindsets their worlds and their relationships with one anotherAmy Tan s writing is devastatingly simple Her diction is not all that convoluted but the drama and tension she manages to create through her choice of words is astounding After reading certain sentences and phrases I stopped and thought dang That was deep Indeed Tan s deceptively simple writing style is realistic and piercing and poignant all at onceThe theme that struck me the most while reading the novel was the inter generational loss that afflicted the characters The misunderstandings that occurred and all the things that were lost in translation were truly tragic and still are tragic in contemporary society However after finishing the book and tearing up at the bittersweet endings I ve come to the conclusion that what really matters is the love one feels for their child and the longing to leave one s legacy with their son or daughter in order for them to succeedWhile I had difficulty discerning the characters from one another while reading the book I had to constantly reference the front section to keep myself from utter confusion overall I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a bittersweet story about Chinese culture or the unbreakable bond between mothers and daughterscross posted from my blog the uiet voice


About the Author: Amy Tan

Amy Tan Chinese 譚恩美; pinyin Tán Ēnměi; born February 19 1952 is an American writer whose works explore mother daughter relationships and what it means to grow up as a first generation Asian American In 1993 Tan's adaptation of her most popular fiction work The Joy Luck Club became a commercially successful filmShe has written several other books including The Kitchen God's Wife The Hun



10 thoughts on “The Joy Luck Club

  1. says:

    During high school when I did not have the life experience to fully appreciate her work I read each of Amy Tan's books as they came out Now years later with many other books and various experiences under my belt I reread The Joy Luck Club Tan's first book as part of my March Women's History Month lineup Following her mother's death June Mei Woo has replaced her mother Suyuan at her monthly mah jong game Suyuan started this game an

  2. says:

    After I read The Joy Luck Club summer reuired reading before sopho English in high school I started pestering my mom about her abandon

  3. says:

    Why read The Joy Luck Club? Because sometimes one needs to get in touch with his inner Chinese feminine side Amy Tan's most famous book offered ample opportunity in that regard The JLC is all about the relationships between Chinese moms and their daughters Honestly I picked this up as part of my studies into Chin

  4. says:

    The Joy Luck Club Amy TanThe Joy Luck Club is a 1989 novel written by Amy Tan 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 mothe

  5. says:

    It's not fashionable to profess a liking for The Joy Luck Club In both academic and literary circles Tan has been maligned for her seeming misandry and racial self loathing raked across the coals for her largely ne

  6. says:

    I really wish I like this one than I did I have heard about it for years and have seen it on many must read lists I kept waiting for it to click with me but it never didIt is not a bad book and my rating only reflects my e

  7. says:

    Those of you who read my blog are most likely aware that my relationship with my mother is not all bouncing bunnies and beautiful butterflies As an American born son raised with traditionally Asian standards my childhood has been filled with conflicts resulting in screaming matches and bountiful tears So reading The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan was uite the vicarious experience though I am not Chinese nor a daughter I could

  8. says:

    A collection of linked short stories sketching the complexities of mother daughter bonds between Chinese American women Alternating between tales set in China and the United States the work sensitively renders the inner lives of fo

  9. says:

    I feel kind of cheated out what could have been a great story by a truly dreadful narration on audible Some of the voices were totally over the top and sounded cartoonish and listening to this one became a annoyi

  10. says:

    Ok I admit it I was obsessed with Amy Tan my first year of college I learned all there was about her read The Joy Luck Club and finally I gave up hopeAs a freshmen at Linfield College I was astonished that Amy Tan could have possibly walked the same hallowed halls of Melrose perhaps sat in the same offices in the English department or read a book in Northrup's astro turf room My daydreams were filled with her coming over to my dorm room

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