The mother’s traditional views are that daughters should be obedient. She wants her daughter to have a Chinese character in American circumstances. Language is also an issue in both novels. Linguistic barriers have triggered many misunderstandings between the mothers and daughters in The Joy Luck Club. Furthermore, the language in Dreams of Joy becomes necessary if not lifesaving.
It shows that Suyuan is very dissatisfied with her daughter because she thinks Jing-mei is dawdling. But, the reason why they have a serious conflict later is because Suyuan does not think about her daughter’s feel. “You want me to be someone that I’m not! I’ll never be the kind of daughter you want me to be” (142)! After failing the piano test, Jing-mei becomes very angry about her mother because she thinks her mother is giving too much pressure on her.
Here in America is an entirely different set of standards, which does not require that women sway helplessly on little feet to qualify them for good matches..” (72). Today, it is illegal to bind a girl’s feet. But the bitter taste still lingers on our tongues from the realization that this horror was recent, and that woman alive still hold the memories of their feet being bound. We all now know that Chinese footbinding was a terrible practice of mutilating little girl’s feet for the vacuous reason of “beauty”. Binding the feet was a tradition for beauty and status, passed down from mother to daughter.
Through many hardships and life-changing experiences, Esperanza slowly blossoms from an innocent child into a mature young woman. Some of the major ethnic elements that greatly impact the story are the culture, mindset, and tradition of her people when concerning women. For example, in the story, many girls who Esperanza shares a close bond to currently lead lives of solitude and oppression. Because of this, Esperanza feels as if she needs to break free from her heritage. In the chapter "My Name", she mentions "the Chinese, like the Mexicans, don't want their women strong.
Amy Bloom writes,¨She (Rose) had her first psychotic break when she was 15.¨ Prior to this mental break, Violet thought of Rose as a talented and beautiful sister; she begins to feel distant towards her in the midst of Roseś crisis but she always is willing to help in any way she can. After Rose being diagnosed, Violets feels the need to protect her sister from the very people who were supposed to be protecting her. Amy Bloom, author of Silver Water, uses Violetś beautiful family bond to portray how families unite in the most troubling of times; family is there for each other when all else fails. But, even this strong love isn 't enough to cure a mentally ill person. Early on in the story, Rose is in a very bad mental state and despite her therapists trying to help her and her family come to a better place, she doesn 't seem to want or accept aid of any kind.
I read the book, Bound, written by Donna Jo Napoli. The book is about a young chinese woman, who is bound to her father’s second wife. This is because he passed away and, back in 17th century china, young woman had very little power or say in situations. Also woman were thought to less value of worth then their livestock. Throughout the day’s of dealing with her step mom she, loves to do poetry and calligraphy.
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.
In The Joy Luck Club, Lindo Jong encounters the biggest cultural conflict out of all the mothers. While she is still proud of her Chinese heritage, she recognises her own American characteristics after being treated as a foreigner when she returned to China. To her horror, Lindo realises that she has sacrificed much of her Chinese traits after staying in America. Lindo’s actions mirror Chinese beliefs, with the way she submits her happiness for the sake of filial obligations and how she based success on her family. In contrast, Lindo’s self-empowered attitude and competitive spirit reflect American beliefs of individualism.
“It hurts when the person who made you feel special yesterday makes you feel so unwanted today”. Chinese Cinderella is about a little girl named Adeline who was an unwanted daughter. Her father and stepmother showed her no love, she had only two family members who cared about her, her Ye Ye and her Aunt Baba. Adeline’s parents did not support her and treated her like a slave, but Ye Ye and Aunt Baba treated her like a precious little treasure. Adeline was a truly bright girl and without her Grandfather and Aunt’s support she would not have been where she is today.
After attempting to explain the significance of the club’s name, she points out that the daughters think their mothers are stupid because of their broken English, while the mothers are intolerant with their daughters who are not ready to understand the cultural nuances of their language. In the beginning section of the novel “Feathers from a Thousand Li Away” introduces the first group of stories in the novel which starts with a parable that implies a language gap between the mother and daughter, in which June quotes from the prologue saying, For a long time now the woman had wanted to give her daughter the single swan feather and tell her, This feather may look worthless, but it comes from afar and carries with it all my good intentions." And she waited, year after year, for the day she could tell her daughter this in perfect American English ( JLC