Joseph Campbell's definition of a hero’s journey can be seen across many characters in the novel, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. In order to meet this definition, one must overcome three stages: the department, the fulfilment, and the return. Tan depicts Jing-mei Woo as a shell of a woman who is forced to take up the footprints of her late mother. She then learns the meaning of family and is able to fulfil her mother’s dying wish by resurrecting her past life in China, which allows her to complete Campbell's definition of a hero’s journey. Jing-mei’s call to adventure is different from others in the novel; Jing-mei is thrown into her journey by losing her mother and learning her long lost twin sisters, Chwun Yu and Chwun Hwa, from China are still alive.
In her essay, author Amy Tan addresses the connections between languages and cultures in describing the different Englishes her mother uses. Tan is able to convey the power of language in her writing through the significance of the title "Mother Tongue", by narrating from three different perspectives and through her diction. The title "Mother Tongue" exemplifies the connection between culture and language as one's native language can also be known as their mother tongue. This language is the first language a child hears and learns to speak. Tan's mother tongue is a combination of Chinese and English, which was taught to her by her mother.
The mothers have a deeper connection with their culture because they were raised to be more traditional; they contain more wisdom that they have gained from their long lifetimes. It is inevitable for the pairs to have misunderstandings. One generation was born and raised in China, while the other, the daughters, were raised in America. The daughters strive to find their identities in American culture and not in Chinese culture the way their mothers did. In the book, Lindo Jong was forced to marry the boy chosen for her by the matchmaker.
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.
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
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.
In the novel Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, the author’s style is expressed using different components such as flashbacks, word choice, and talking in the perspective of different main characters. All of these components contribute to the author's main style which can be described as serious and emotional. The author includes many flashbacks of the different characters previous lives in the novel. This is seen in the first chapter, explained by Jing-Mei Woo (one of the main characters) when she is thinking about her mother, who used to be the “leader” of the Joy Luck Club, where it states “The week before she died, she called me, full of pride, full of life: ‘Auntie Lin cooked red bean soup for Joy Luck. I’m going to cook black sesame seed soup’.”
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.
While Mama “represents the traditional prescribed domestic role assigned to the women of her generation”, her daughter-in-law Ruth Younger represents “a generation in transition”. (Guzzio) She values the traditional role of a housewife and mother; however, she is faced with the decision of terminating her pregnancy in order to provide a better life for the child she already has. Including this topic is a very bold feminist move from Hansberry, since in the 1950’s abortions were illegal. This was “one of the first American plays to address abortion”, which Ruth sees as a way to keep the family together. (Bloom) This scene “reveals Ruth 's independence, expressing her right to choose and to assert control, yet it also depicts the desperation of a working-class woman who cannot afford to have another child.” (Bloom) Mama greatly opposes Ruth getting an abortion.
Family in Chinese Culture As shown in Amy Tan's short stories A Pair of Tickets, Immortal Heart, and Two Kinds, one can see the importance of family in Chinese culture. In the piece A Pair of Tickets, it is shown how hard Jing-mei's mother Suyuan looks for the twin babies she is forced to leave behind. Her effort is shown when Jing-mei's father recalls the travels, saying, "We went to many different cities, back to Kweilin, to Changsha, as far south as Kunming. She was always looking out of one corner of her eye for twin babies, then little girls" (Tan, A Pair of . .
Retrieved http://unitedstateshistorylsa.wikispaces.com/Chinese+Exclusion+Ac Annotation: In the 1850s, many Chinese immigrants moved to America because of the gold and jobs opportunities . In 1882, President Chester Arthur signed the Chinese Exclusion Act . Which this document stated as that Chinese immigrants would be banned and looking for work for 10 years. I will use this in paper by saying everyone should be treated equal should be able to come to America to work and received a better life. Not everyone is coming to attack us or start another war .
During the 1980s, six million immigrants from Latin America and Asia immigrated to California. This, in effect, had a great impact upon the development of cities, such as my hometown, Rowland Heights, which has a predominantly Asian American and Latino community. For instance, if you drive down Colima Road, you are greeted by a row of ethnic stores and restaurants that proudly display their names in their own language. Three years ago, I read an article about Monterey Park revising an ordinance that would make the use of Latin characters on signs mandatory, which caused anger in the community due to its similarity to an issue from the 1980s. I remembered this story when I noticed that many signs in Rowland Heights showcased foreign languages.
The U.S changed during the 1880’s because of many immigrants coming from North Western Europe. Many of them weren 't poor. Stuff that made them want to leave their homes in Europe were, religions, natural disasters, famine, tyrants, and discrimination. People wanted to come to the U.S because of religious freedom, democracy, free land, jobs, family, and affordable transportation. The Chinese were encouraged to come to U.S to build railroads in 1860’s, in 1882 The Chinese Exclusion Act was made and so was the Immigration act, which was tax on immigration, they denied people who looked like lunatics and looked like they needed government.
Once believing they would return home to their native land; this idea was soon changed as economic and political turmoil ensued in the region. As their families began to travel to the United States; the dream of returning home was nullified and they looked on at establishing roots in the United States. As immigration continued to flourish during this time; the United States looked at implementing new policies in order to curb the current flow. The Immigration Act of 1924 which was passed as a result looked at implementing a quota system which set limits of immigration based on national origin and the populations of peoples who resided in the country during 1890. The result of this act brought the second wave of Muslim immigration to screeching halt.
A huge part of The Joy Luck Club is about the flashbacks and memories shared by the mothers from their days as young adults. The thrilling story of these four women and their struggles might as well be a biography about Amy Tan and her mother. Amy Tan’s mother, just like Suyuan Woo, also left her children in China and even though Daisy Li left three children and Suyuan Woo left two, there is still a connection between the two. The book is split up into four different parts with sixteen different stories all told by each one of the women, mothers and daughters. The parts in the mother’s point of views are most likely all of Daisy Li’s memories of her life that she had told Amy Tan.