Intro What does it mean to have grown up in the Mao era? This book is a collection of memories by nine Chinese women who grew up during the Mao era and now live in the United States. The authors attend to gender in a way that most males have barely noticed and they also reflect and share their lives in the United States. In this book, it contains as varied as these women’s lives.
During Jing’s pilgrimage, she gets to learn more about her family and culture. She learns that China is not the way that it used to be before such as the different city names. She also learns there are other ways of communicating even if she can’t speak the same language. She finally learns that she is of Chinese blood and no matter how much you deny it you will see it in yourself later on as her mother had once told her. In the beginning, she didn’t see herself as being Chinese and didn’t think much about her name, but she later learns the deeper meaning of her name and the story behind it makes her appreciate her family and
Hurston was known for her novels, shorty stories and poems. She was most well-known for her novels. Zora Neale Hurston was an African American woman that was phenomenal writer during the Harlem Renaissance. In her literary work she uses symbolism and imagery to express African American culture and feminism. Hurston gained fame much fame during the Harlem Renaissance, she was writer who cherish the literature arts.
It was a representation of her life, her mother, and aunt in America. Maxine Kingston is a feminist author translating her ideas through written words. Maxine Kingston’s novel “The Woman Warrior” highlighted how the historical, cultural, and political problem in china contrive her life in the new world. The Woman Warrior has five chapter discussing the lives
A Pair of Tickets In “A Pair of Tickets,” Amy Tan described the journey of Jing-Mei Woo, a middle-aged, Chinese-American woman, to China where she experienced a compelling change in herself. The author herself is Chinese-American, which enabled her to use insightful experiences in the story that were similar to her own experiences to better illustrate the emotions that Jing-Mei felt. Reminiscing about her own trip to China, Tan wrote: “As soon as my feet touched China, I become Chinese” (Tan 146). As Jing-Mei made the long travel to her motherland, she experienced a series of events, met her long-lost relatives, reflected on her own memories, and listened to stories about her mother’s past, deepening the connection that she had with her mother
Suyuan’s Heroism The Joy Luck Club written by Amy Tan affects the relationship of four mothers and their daughters. Throughout their journeys of figuring out one another, they each learned a new quality about themselves. “The Hero’s Adventure,” written by Joseph Campbell, demonstrates how a person goes through a cycle to be claimed as a hero for another person who needs saving. Tan’s novel describes how each of the heroes went through all four phases of the hero's journey.
The story goes back to when the Joy Luck Club was in the process of being created. Suyuan, Jing-Mei’s mom knew who she wanted which “ was a gathering of four women, one for each corner of the mahjong table… all young like me with wishful faces” ( Tan 23). In a time of sadness Suyuan surrounded herself with three other women of the same background and they radiated positivity. Instead of the four mothers feeling down about current situations they would celebrate and save money for possible future trips to China.
From my perspective, I believe the chapter “White Tigers” was fictional. I think the author included this fictional element in her memoir to make a statement in regards to the readers and the traditional Chinese culture. As written in the chapter, Maxine Hong Kingston took on the role of Fa Mu Lan. She used this lifestyle filled with myth and magic to exhibit what she was taught a woman warrior was to be. It created a sense of reality for Kingston even though she wasn’t Fa Mu Lan.
Amy Tan was born in 1952, in California, to two Chinese immigrant parents, both of whom had fled the country to escape civil conflict during the late 1940s. Some of the events in The Joy Luck Club even reflect stories or experiences from her own mother’s past. Tan began writing the book after her first trip to China, which she took with her mother in 1987. Reading this book, one can easily tell that Tan is a talented storyteller; it beautifully explores a variety of themes, including subjects such as cultural identity and intergenerational conflict. Tan’s writing style in this novel is unique in that it can, at times, feel disjointed and haphazardly organized.
The United States was mostly a country of farms and villages until in 1800’s when there occurred a steady transformation in the American way of life and culture due to immigration. People began to write for fame and money. The writers during this period faced many difficulties. Among the very few female writers of that time, Sarah Winnemucca, Zora Neale Hurston, and Amy Tan are the three popular literary figures of American Literature. Sarah Winnemucca was the first Native American woman to secure a copyright and publish in the English language.
Understanding and knowledge of one another is essential yet frustrating when a barrier exists. In Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club, she portrays the story of four mothers and daughters using their points of view. One mother-daughter pair is Jing-mei and Suyuan Woo. When Suyuan dies, Jing-mei has to try and fill her place in the Joy Luck Club that includes Suyuan’s friends: An-mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, and Ying-ying St. Clair. Amy Tan uses characterization to point out the character’s pride, lack of understanding, and resentment in order to illuminate the heritage lost between Jing-mei and Suyuan Woo.
Throughout the novel, Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan is a very cultured and well rounded book. I do think the parables and titles of each four sections foreshadow what will happen in the section. In the first section “Feathers from a Thousand Li Away”, the tale told is about a Chinese woman who migrated to America. However, before she came she bought a swan to bring with her to America.
I read the historical fiction novel Ties That Bind, Ties That Break written by Lensey Namioka. It is the story of a young Chinese woman from a very wealthy family named Toi Alin but later referred to as Eileen. She refused to follow the old Chinese practice of women having their feet bonded which resulted in many conflicts. I learned a couple of things from her bravery to stand up for something she felt strongly about.