A New Generation

By: Sara Stewart

The Twenty-six Malignant Gates

My favorite parable was "The Twenty-six Malignant Gates". I liked this parable because it explained what happens when children don't listen to their mothers. It explains how when children rebel and don't listen to their mothers, they will get hurt.

Hsu Family

If I were to have read a different section, I would have liked to read the Hsu section. My favorite part of the Hsu section was when An-Mei's mom comes back when Popo is sick, and An-Mei sees her cut a piece of her own flesh and put it in the soup for Popo. I also like when An-Mei has a flashback about when she was four, and her mom came to Popo's to beg for An-Mei back, but Popo chased her out.


My favorite quote of the whole book is, "So we decided to hold parties and pretend each week had become the new year. Each week we could forget past wrongs done to us... And each week we could be lucky. That hope was our only joy. And that's how we came to call our little parties Joy Luck" (Tan 25). I like this quote because it explains how the Joy Luck Clubs came to be. I especially like how when they met, they were only allowed to think good thoughts.

Theme Paragraph

In The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan represents the idea that one’s identity is defined by their own experiences, not their culture. In The Joy Luck Club, Jing-mei is automatically “to replace [her] mother… as the fourth corner at the Joy Luck Club” (Tan 19). Jing-Mei explains how she really has no choice but to follow in her mothers footsteps. Ying-ying St. Clair explains how, “all these years I kept my true nature hidden, running along like a small shadow” (Tan 67). In this quote, Ying-ying explains how she kept her true identity hidden. All along she had her own identity, different from her culture.