This inconsistent portrayal of gender roles depicts the narrator's struggle with identity. While Kingston is evidently affected by her mother’s talk-stories, she does not know what to believe. She struggles to find a sense of home as she has never been to China and America is filled with ghosts, the foreign and unknown. Brave Orchid faces a similar problem in which America is alien but China is far away and inaccessible. “Shaman” illustrates that hard work pays off in China but does not give way to progress in the United States, at least for Brave Orchid.
Amy Tan’s novel “The joy luck club” highlights the significant struggles between Immigrant mothers’ and American-born daughters’ through their cultural barriers. Telling the different stories through the characters eyes about being raised in two different worlds. The mothers’ struggle to instil their American-born daughters with an understanding of their Chinese heritage. Also the daughters’ denial of their mothers’ attempts to assimilate their daughters’ into their Chinese heritage. They view their mothers’ as critical and mistaking their sentiment as the mothers’ failures to understand their own attitudes and ideals.
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.
Language Arts: Poetry Assignment - Lost Sister by Cathy Song Erinn Lee (10) 206 The difference between the life experiences of the two sisters is their vastly different lifestyles. The main difference is the amount of freedom they had. The first sister lived in China. The women brought up in the Chinese culture “never left home” and had freedom “stolen from them at birth”. This shows us that the first sister led a very restricted lifestyle under the influence of a strict culture.
As discussed in the previous chapter, cultural and language barrier have caused serious obstacles for the mothers and daughters. Not being able to see and think from each other’s perspective blocks the path to effective communication which result in silence between them. The focus of this chapter is to analysis in details of Jing-mei’s change after her mother’s death and her trip to China to meet her lost sisters, which symbolizes that her split identity is healed and her relationship with her mother is reconciled as well. The mother-daughter relationships between the other mothers and daughters in The Joy Luck Club will also be studied When Jing-mei is young, she is the same as the other three daughters - an outsider of their mothers’ world. She laughs at her mother’s “fractured English” and she “[grows] impatient” when her mother speaks Chinese (40).
In Asian customs it is considered inappropriate to live with a man before being married and getting your hair done at a salon was wasteful when you could do it yourself at home. Lindo didn’t approve with Waverly’s lifestyle and criticized it; since she tried her best teach Waverly about Chinese character. Whenever her mother tried to teach her, she said it was to old fashioned and never took an interest in her culture. Waverly identifies and an American, even though she has a strong Chinese
Throughout the novel, Amy Tan’s personal connection with the story exemplifies why The Joy Luck Club contributes to Chinese-American culture by providing an example of the struggle of communication between the Chinese immigrants and their American children. An incident that demonstrates this is when Lena attempts to explain her and Harold’s list to her mother (Tan 162). Contrasting each other, the two sets of ideas, Lena’s and her mother’s, conflict about Lena’s marriage situation. Worried that her daughter may make the same mistake as hers, Ying-Ying uses her Chinese ideals and past experiences to alleviate her daughter’s problem. However, Lena, unsure of how to deal with the situation, fails to explain or defend her marriage from her mother’s criticism because of the reason that Lena lacks her mother’s experience and was raised the American way, not the Chinese way.
In addition to her misplaced ethnocentrism, while she happened to understand the Chinese language she could not speak it very well due to American influence. “In returning to the significant geographic place of her mother and finding the twin half-sister who share her mother’s foundational stories of loss and survival, June May understands how both loss and hope inform her own unique identity” (Wood
The author barley understands the Chinese language, "Do you know why the neighbors, I paused. I knew the word in Mandarin for "crying" but not hallway"(3). It's obvious she has difficulties understanding their language. When she tries to speak to the neighbors all she receives is a nod, on a good day as the story
even her voice was affected by his condition, and she was not allowed by her mother to paly or do what other teenagers do because her mom was overprotective to her. I go on a journey with Joy as she struggles against what she’s always known to be right, and wanting to fit in. Joy finds her self being a awkward ,she feel that she always doing wrong . One of the things Joy begins to deal is when he find her mother's book entitled ' Big Girls Dont Cry'. It’s a book of fiction, but it is very obviously based upon her mother’s life.