When Jing-Mei, the main character, learns that her late mother has twin daughters living in China and she has to make the decision on how to tell them that her mother is passed. Her mother had run into tough times when the twins were born, had to give them up, and had not been able to see them again before she passed away. Now Jing-Mei is traveling to China with her father, and surprisingly slowly finds herself along the way. The author, Amy Tan, uses the story to explain how the narrator’s journey to china was changed her life. It shows that it was the tough decision to tell someone that you lost your love ones.
Amy Tan’s book, The Joy Luck Club, teaches the reader many lessons about family values and trust in one another. The most important lesson is that of the relationship between mothers and daughters. Tan makes important statements about the need daughters have to live up to their mother’s expectations, and their want for love from them. Not only that, she also tries to teach the reader that the connection between a mother and daughter is incredibly strong. An-Mei says to June, “Not know your own mother?
The high expectations immigrant families place on their children is still a very relevant social issue and can be witnessed throughout the United States. In this short story, we witness how a parent’s good intentions can ultimately lead to the destruction of their child’s motivation. The road to prodigy all began when Jing-Mei’s mother desired her to be a “Chinese Shirley Temple” (Tan). After the countless movies watched and the failed trip to the beauty school, that dream came to an end as quickly as it had started. This however, opened the door to many more tests of trial and error.
In the story, A Pair of Tickets, Suyuan, was not happy because she couldn’t relocate her twins from China while Jing-Mei is denying her Chinese heritage and becoming Americanized. After her death, Jing-Mie at age 30 was struggling to reconnect with her roots and had many questions about her identity. Luckily, she relocated her lost twins sisters and finally discovered her identity; Chinese. Nevertheless, the little girl in the story Volar wants to fit in the society where she was different and having difficulty fitting in. However, she was becoming someone else in a dream abandoning her old identity.
An indication of the story is, “Only two kinds of daughters. Those who obedient and those who follow their own mind! Only one kind of daughter live in this house. Obedient daughter” (136). According to the indication, her mother wanted the best for her and she wanted her to be devoted in what her daughter wanted to do with her life.
Imagine the government forcing you to visit your parents, just because of a law, even if you don’t want to visit your parents or elderly. Filial piety laws, like this, actually exist in 32 states across the US,and other countries such as China. Filial piety is showing respect to your parents or elderly in ways that include visiting them, inviting them to your house, and emailing or messaging them every day. Elderly parents have recently complained that their kids are neglecting them and don’t care about them. A 73-year-old parent sued her daughter and her stepson of self-neglect in China.
It is important because this shows that Aunt Baba is loving and cares for her own, not like Niang and Adeline’s siblings. Another example is on page 121, Aunt Baba says “One day, the world will recognize your talent, and we'll leave them and live together in our own home. Just the two of us.” This means that Aunt Baba loves Adeline so much she wishes she could spend more time with her even though Adeline has to go to boarding school. It is important because this is the last time Adeline will see Aunt Baba ever again. Who needs the other the most?
Im Yunjidang was married into her husband’s family, but was shortly widowed after the death of her husband. Even though her husband had passed, Im Yunjidang continued to fulfill her duties as daughter-in-law. During her life, she studied Confucian classics with her eldest brother, and when she passed, her works were published by her brother and brother-in-law. Her works include research on Confucian classics, her interpretations on the theories of Neo-Confucianism, and her comments on Chinese historical figures and instructive verses . Kang Chŏngildang, another female Neo-Confucianst scholar during the Chosŏn dynasty, was married into her husband’s family at the age of twenty.
and, as time went on, she did not only become Lady Russell’s “most dear and highly valued god-daughter, favourite and friend” but also “it was only in Anne that she could fancy the mother to revive again” (Persuasion 7), meaning she sees herself as a substitute mother. From this it follows that Lady Russell is very protective of Anne and naturally only wants what is best for her in order to ensure that she has a good future. However, Lady Russell’s goodwill/favour becomes a danger to Anne’s happy ending since the best for Anne is actually what Lady Russell personally considers to be best and this view is not necessarily in accord with what would make Anne happy as the two women do not share the same basic set of beliefs: Lady Russell is presented as a wealthy (cf. Persuasion 7), “benevolent” (Persuasion 12), “charitable” (ibid.) widow (cf.