What effects do different cultures take on mothers (Chinese) and daughters (American) throughout the book? The book “The Joy Luck Club” takes on an interesting way to present it’s plot to readers. It consists of the telling of the stories of four Chinese mothers (before they immigrated to the United States) in the first four chapters. Following this is the stories of these mother’s daughters (again, in four chapters). This “organization” of the first half of the story is key to allow the reader to really delve into each character’s story, personality, traits, and their cultural aspects.
May fourth Feminism movement was the first feminist movement in china. This movement constituted of mostly males who were activists and reformers that were enthused with the idea of women liberation. They wanted to bring change to Chinese society and make China a stronger nation. Hence, they concluded that the source of China’s weakness and problems lie in the Chinese family structure. These women were illiterate and had bound feet which prevented them from reproducing or even raise their family, .
This also shows that the author knows well about what she is writing about and the way of life for the Chinese families. As well as this Amy Tan uses the different main characters in the book to explain their experiences and opinions, meaning the narrator of the book changes throughout the novel as well as the story that is told in the book depending on which character is the narrator. In the first chapter, told by Jing-Mei Woo it talks about what is currently going on in the Joy Luck Club, everything is changing due to the narrator’s mother death such as how now Jing-Mei Woo is expected to replace/take the position that her mother took at the Joy Luck Club, which is very important to Jing-Mei but may not have been mentioned if the story was told by another character. Whereas in the second chapter, which is told by one of the Joy Luck Club mothers, An-Mei Hsu, is mainly about her childhood and past experiences before moving to America, which could not have been told by any of the other main characters. This allows the reader to look at the different opinions of the different
It is difficult to say if Where The Gods Fly is based on Jean Kwoks own life despite all the similarities. However, it seems like was inspired by her own life to write a story about a typical Chinese mother who cannot accept that her daughter grows up to be an American woman and not a Chinese
Maxine’s mother, Brave Orchid, tells her many stories in her native tongue, Chinese, and these stories show patriarchal interdictions and warnings. Because traditional Chinese culture is very patriarchal women became silent and voiceless in their lives. In the stories Maxine hears from a young age she realises this and as she gets older she
Woo are to rule and control her little girl 's life, and her Chinese culture’s view tends to make her children become obedient children rather than to let her children follow their own minds. The narrator Jing Mei has a very complex relationship with her mother, and it leads her to create her own identity apart from her mother. Jing Mei believes that she can be successful through her own efforts and determination. When Jing Mei begins to understand the forces of her mother that drive her to belong to Chinese culture, she develops her own identity to be Americanized and personal insight apart from her mother. In the short story “Two Kinds,” Tan describes Mrs. Woo’s and Jing Mei’s thoughts and attitudes which are affected by the different cultures and communities where they were born and live.
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Critique Amy Chua, a professor at Yale Law School, has created an article called Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother that intensively describes differences in the usage of parenting methods in Chinese and Westerners culture. The author has personally raised her children in a highly strict manner so her children succeed in life and academics. Chua often refers to the term “Chinese mother” that describes her parenting style apart from Western parents. The main purpose of this article is to show the two parenting techniques and how they affect the child 's success. Amy Chua’s intense Chinese mother style is extremely hard on children.
Joy Luck Club Final Essay Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club shows the reader the oppression Chinese women in the 1930s faced. Women in China during the 1930s were taught to be submissive and to swallow their own anguish but yet to be strong willed, within the home, and raise their children right. Many women though had no rights outside the home and were prosecuted or shunned if they had disregarded these beliefs. Tan’s work of fictional stories shows historical accuracy throughout. Women were often taught to be quiet and discreet; to not make a sound.
Regardless of whether it be a table cover, education, etc. that is her desire, it made her cross the line, which were against the gender expectations. She did her duties at a minimum just so her father wouldn’t notice that she is putting her household chores aside. Women knew what they were relied upon to do, but since the nineteenth century, woman have been attempting to pursue what they want to do. Psyche on the other hand, tries to consolidate her desire and duties to try to please both.
Reading "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See urged me to explore the gender inequality disphas changed throughout china’s history, and prove that patriachial standards have affected womens wealth. In the book "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See we are introduced to a rich variety of characters including our main character’s Lily and Snow Flower. The book focuses on the relationship between Lily and Snow Flower, and follows the life of both girls starting from the age of seven till death. The events happening in the book take place during the nineteenth-century in the Hunan province in China, and the story explores the themes of women gender inequality, classism, and marriage. To answer the question, I posed for my thesis statement I will be exploring the effect that