In fact, culture can not only show one’s identity but family relationships Throughout the novel, “The Joy Luck Club” the reader can see plenty of culture. The mom showed her culture when she tells her daughter how Chinese mothers show their love for their children. “... Chinese mothers show their love for the children not through hugs and kisses but with stern offerings of steamed dumplings, duck, gizzards, and crab” ( 3 Tan, 4). In China, parents show their love for their children in other ways because that is apart of their culture. It is what they are used to and have grown up knowing.
This book is consisted of short stories of 4 daughter and mothers. Each and every characters have different personalities and family history, mostly back in China, which is the main factor that contributes to the content’s richness. The character that leads the main story is ‘June’, the daughter of Suyuan. Her story first starts with the death of her mother, reminiscing the memories with her. She starts a long journey of finding her twin elder sisters, whom her mother had left behind when leaving China due to Japanese invasion.
The novel compacts with the story of an immigrant Chinese woman and her American-born daughter. The researcher textures that there are two main stories in the novel. The first story moves with Ruth, a Chinese-American woman who lives in San Francisco and her fright about her mother, who is becoming more demented. The second major story is about the letters to Ruth, written by her mother, Lu Ling. The life story of Lu Ling in china has been written by herself.
With respect to this, Tan’s works relates to the cultural clashes, language problems and the effects that reflect in the family relationships. Tan’s writing style is presented in the novels through the narration of the character’s life stories or tales told by the character to another. In Tan’s first novel, The Joy Luck Club, Tan details about the narration of eight women’s diverse life stories. The stories are narrated in the respective voices of the Chinese immigrant mothers and their American daughters. Tan gives more emphasis to the immigrant mother’s who faced lot of torments like war in China, immigration to America and finally the mother’s confess to their daughters revealing about their past with their broken communication.
Amy Tan incorporated this special mother-daughter bond in her story “Best Quality” and took Jing-Mei’s place as a daughter. The story tells about a mother Suyuan who just like Daisy wanted her daughter to be an outstanding person and a daughter Jing-Mei who like Amy wants to write and live her American life. At the story, Jing-Mei, her mother, and the Jongs family are having Chinese New Year dinner at which Suyuan serves crabs cooked by herself, and after finishing eating those crabs, guests start having conversations with each other. Later, Waverly Jong, who is the same age as Jing-Mei, and Jing-Mei argues about the work that Jing-Mei did for Waverly’s tax company. At the end of this argument, Suyuan takes Waverly’s place and supports her opinion on Jing-Mei’s lack of style and poor writing skills; Suyuan agrees that her daughter is not sophisticated enough as Waverly who is a very successful tax attorney (Tan 197-207).
Bi, Zijian Thu. 3/5/2015 English 2B Ms. Freeland 2° WHEN THE DREAM COMES TRUE What is your American Dream? “The Joy Luck Club”, a novel by Amy Tan, talks about how four mother-daughter pairs have fulfilled their American Dreams. Suyuan and Jing-mei was one of the mother-daughter pair who wants to fulfill their dreams in America. Suyuan’s American Dream starts in her heart when she decides to escape from the chaotic China and find a better life by immigrating to America.
Seeking some form of escape from her boring lifestyle, she attends a weekly crotchet group, where she has just discovered the joys of crocheting. When we are introduced to the protagonist in the first novel, Hooked on Murder, she has just began to learn the basics of crocheting with her new friends. The novel begins with an explosive introduction as Molly pink
Amy Tan’s novel The Joy Luck Club and Lisa See’s novel Dreams of Joy focus on the dynamics and nature of the relationships between Chinese immigrant mothers and their American born daughters. The mothers in both novels represent the culture and the mother tongue. All the mothers’ stories, which took place in Chine, were tragedies. However, in Amy Tan’s novel the daughters embody America, its language and culture. Respectively each mother from The Joy Luck Club feels pain from the cultural separation between herself and her daughter.
Customs, food, traditions and language are part of culture and these aspects change in order in order to satisfy society people needs or desires. Since this investigation is based on the study of how generational changes in culture can affect the way Río Jiménez population communicate to each other it is very important to conceptualize the terms of culture, language, ethnolinguistic and, sociolinguistic. First of all, it is important to conceptualize the term sociolinguistics which is explained as the analysis/study of the inter-relationships between society and language; it deals with the study of culture and language and with the way language is used to create and to represent a society (as cited in Language, society and culture: 239). Sociolinguistics refers to how people use language, how changes make people to language when using it and how it represents a specific
It is through it, that individuals exchange information and give room for boundaries to shift, gain value as well as meaning. Normally, shared experiences can be used to categorize individuals, such that they insist on their uniqueness (Tilly 2005: 52). The idea of being unique evokes change in the society. Change occurs in a community when “[...] individuals meet and enter the same social space. A common boundary is [automatically] formed at the exact point of contact” (Tilly 2005: 214- 215).