The Joy Luck Club | Study Guide

Amy Tan

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the-joy-luck-club-amy-tanLindo Jong, Chapter 15 wanted my children to have the best combination: American circumstances and Chinese character.Sources:, IMDb, New York Times, NEA Big Read, Penguin Random House Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Tan was a language development specialist and a freelance business writer before taking a creative writing workshop in 1985. Two years later she went with her mother to China, where she first met her three half-sistersa journey that inspired The Joy Luck Club.AMY TANBORN 1952Black VaseSymbolizes the precarious nature of Lenas marriage JewelryRepresents the wisdom and love passed down from mother to daughter Red CandleRepresents the assertion of self over tradition SymbolsCultural IdentityThe mothers struggle with being “perfect” Chinese women, while the daughters do not know their heritage. SacrificeThe mothers give up everything to offer their daughters better lives—but some of the daughters don't appreciate it until its too late.Mother-DaughterRelationshipsThe mothers instinct to guide and protect is often thwarted by the daughters desire for independence and unconditional love.ThemesThe Joy Luck Clubby the NumbersYear Tans mother, Daisy, left China for AmericaAmount Tan earned for the publication of her first short story, which later became a chapter in The Joy Luck ClubYear the film version of The Joy Luck Club, which Tan cowrote, was released Months the novel spent on the New York Times best-seller list>61949$351993AuthorTold through the stories of four women and their daughters, The Joy Luck Club explores the cultural divide between immigrants and Americans, the generational clash of mothers and daughters, and the reality of failed expectations. As their stories unfold, each woman realizes lessons from the past can be a guidepost for her future.American Life, Chinese CharacterMAIN CHARACTERSFamilyMothersDaughtersSuyuan WooLate founder of the Joy Luck ClubAn-mei HsuDaughter of a concubineLindo JongEscapes arranged marriageYing-ying St. ClairSpoiled child; marries a white manJing-mei WooFeels guilt after mothers deathRose Hsu JordanIndecisive; on the brink of divorceWaverly JongAccountant and former chess prodigyLena St. ClairResents husbandAmy TanEnglishNovel AuthorOriginal Language1989Year PublishedThe Joy LuckClubDrama

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