In The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan presents the idea that presents the idea that your Fate is determined and some events can’t be stopped, but your will power to overcome and survive that event is determined by you. In the story Half and Half, "nengkan, ability to do anything he put his mind too" is discussed as a way to control fate and outcomes (Tan 121). Later in the story when Rose's brother Bing drowns, the idea of nengkan is present as the mother later goes back to the beach to pray and try to save him, but he is gone. Her ability to control that event and her fate wasn't present. She instead uses that ability to cope with the loss and keep her family from falling apart. Her fate wasn't controlled but her ability to move on and overcome that event was in her hands.