Jing Mia Woo is a thirty-six-year-old Chinese woman. The story starts off by telling us that she is on a train from the Hong Kong border to Shenzhen. When she is going through the border of Hong Kong she talks about how she is feeling she says, “I can feel the skin on my forehead tingling, my blood rushing through a new course, my bones aching with a familiar pain” (263). Before her journey from San Francisco to China had begun Jing Mia Woo talks about the conversations she would have with her mother. She told her mother that there was no part of her that was Chinese.
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
One of the characters, Suyuan Woo, went through Campbell’s monomyth. Departure; where she loses her twin babies in China. Trials; when she has to overcome the massive obstacle of finding her daughters. Fulfillment; when Jing- mei finds her twin sisters and how Suyuan
Gish Jen’s “Who’s Irish” is a story of a Chinese family in America and narrated by a sixty eight year old Chinese Immigrant. Speaking in “broken English” the grandmother is keen to narrate the events surrounding her daughter, her granddaughter and her son-in-law who is Irish. The story is based on how a woman’s granddaughter is growing up in a different way than how she raised her daughter, which brings conflict between the two, mother and daughter. This mainly takes place in the park or the home of the daughter. The grandmother who is a typical first generation Chinese woman, always have difficulty understanding her daughter who is Americanized style of raising her child.
Amy Tan, an American writer, wrote “Two Kinds” in 1989. The story is about a Chinese woman who moved to San Francisco in 1949 after losing everything in China. She lost her home, first husband, and twin baby girls. In “Two Kinds” there is a cultural issue between the mother and daughter. The mother grew up with a Chinese cultural background, while the daughter grew up with mostly an American cultural background.Amy Tan writes about the battle of cultures between a first-generation Chinese-American daughter, Jing-mei, and her mother, Suyan, a Chinese immigrant.
In the beginning of the hero’s journey, the character is whisked into his or her’s new adventure. The character also has a vulnerability or weakness. Living in a village in China, Lindo Jong was only two years old when she was betrothed to Tyan-yu, the son of a woman named Huang Taitai. She was vulnerable in how she was female in the backward Chinese country, where she had no choice in her marriage. Once she was betrothed, her mother and family “began treating [her] as if [she] belonged to someone else” (Tan 51).
Throughout the course of Amy's life, she learned more about her mother’s past in China and with this information, she created The Joy Luck Club. This Chinese-American novel tells the story of eight individuals, four Chinese mothers and their American daughters who have approximately two chapters each. The book begins and ends with the Jing-Mei Woo's story who reflects the life of Amy herself. Jing- Mei's mother dies in the book allowing her to discover the past her mom left behind including her three abandoned daughters. The second
Through these steps, we follow Janie as she leaves her known world and travels into the unknown world. The departure is when the protagonist is separated from the known and steps into the unknown. Janie Crawford is a 16- year- old girl living with her grandmother that is forced to transition her lifestyle to another. Her grandmother is very firm and distinctive on pressuring Janie to marry at a young age. Janie feels she is not ready, but she knows she wants to experience the love so the feeling of curiosity motivates her to agree with her grandmother's choice.
Jill felt her world was crumbling around her, as she tried to embrace a new family member and get over the loss of an old one. After the death of her husband Robin MacSweeney decides to do something her and her deceased husband had always talked about, adopt a baby. While on the searching for the one, Robin and and Mandy cross paths. Mandy moves in with the Kalinowski’s and adapts to there life style. Everyone in the story
The Novel “The Joy Luck Club” written by Amy Tan, is a story about how Chinese women were treated in China, and what lessons they learned about themselves and others. Due to the many cultural difference in China, these mothers have much experience with the way women were treated and have gained much wisdom as they grow older, and as the story goes the elderly mothers help their daughters with problems relating to marriage as they tell their stories and experiences that they went through in China both as a child and adult, so they can help their daughters make better decisions for themselves. ` When the daughters of Lindo Jong and An-Mei were kids, their mothers were best friends and also great competitors, so they had used their children as their chess pieces in their game. An-Mei’s daughter was named Rose, and she was an excellent piano player. Lindo’s daughter was named Waverly, and she was an excellent chess champion.
In both novels the children fail to grasp their parents point of view and vice versa. In The Joy Luck Club the points of view of the Chinese speaking parents and their English speaking children are severely limited by the language barrier that exists between them. Jing-mei one of the daughters in The Joy Luck Club, called June by her American friends, states that the way she and her mother speak, “ made me feel my mother and I spoke two different languages, which we did. I talked to her in English, she answered back in Chinese” (Tan 12). June and her mother literally speak two separate languages, and with this occurring, a common point of view can never be reached.