Not so Much Joy or Luck
The parable I appreciated most in Joy Luck Club is “Feathers From a thousand Li Away” because it contains optimism. In this parable a woman journeys to America and dreams of raising a daughter in this new country. She has many hopes for this daughter and believes that “ In America… nobody will say her worth is measured by the loudness of her husband’s belch…. And over there she will always be too full to swallow any sorrow” (Tan 17). Not only is she optimistic for what the future will bring for her and her daughter, but she also does not allow her swan being taken away to be a negative sign of her new life.
Like Mother Like Daughter
If I were to take on reading another mother and daughter pair in the novel it would have to be An-Mei Hsu and Rose Hsu Jordan. The Hsu family is interesting because they seem to have the most complex family dynamic. Not only is An-Mei background story very unique, but her current life consists of tragedy and having seven children. This definitely insures a read full of activity. An-Mei’s youngest daughter Rose Hsu Jordan is very timid and is in a marriage where her husband makes all the decisions. She realizes that it isn’t right and she learns to assert herself. This makes me desire to read this mother daughter pair even more because it includes a girl making a change in her lifestyle for the better and a boat load of girl power!
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Name That Theme
In the Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan presents the idea that changes in identity are evident between the mothers and the daughters mostly on the surface rather than inside of them. Some aspects of identity change over time. For instance the identities of the mothers changed when they left China. In China, one's’ identity was based on their social standing, which number of concubine you are or whom you marry. While in America identity can be altered with trends or whether you are American or Chinese-American. All the mothers and daughters have to deal with the understanding of what it means to be Chinese American versus just American and which one is better or worse. Often, they ask themselves, “What is true about a person? Would I change in the same way the river changes color but still be the same person?"(Tan 65). The river fluctuates color but is still the river. Many of the characters change on the surface but still have a central, unchanging core. Most of the characters agree that being Chinese is in their DNA and is a part of their character that they cannot get rid of.