The shell of the fortune cookie drops to the floor of the restaruant and the white scrap of paper is being read repeatidly until it to is carelessly lost to the floor. Floating through the air, trying to hold on to the last bit of life before it reaches the trenches of the restaruant floor, wishing the ink upon it spelled out a sentence that the owner would have liked to have heard. Instead, it was brushed away because the cultural and symbolic traits tha
While she is only one of four young women whose stories constitute the novel, the positioning of her story makes her seem to be the primary character, especially since her tales strongly develop the theme and plot of the entire book.
Among all the daughters in the novel, Jing-Mei is the one who best realizes her true identity, for she retains her Chinese values along with her American character.
As a person, Jing-Mei is simple in her tastes and manners. She is happy leading the life of a middle class woman and pursuing the career of a copywriter. She neither aims high nor envies others who hold high positions in life. She is courteous to everyone and respects the wishes of her elders.
When her father asks her to take the place of her mother in the Joy Luck Club, she agrees to do so. Although Jing-Mei is sensible, she is also sensitive. When Waverly Jong insults her in front of every one, she is devastated and can barely hold back her tears. As a child Jing-Mei had rebelled against her mother, who wanted her to be a brilliant student or a concert pianist.
Jing-Mei, however, just wanted to be herself. Although her mother saved to buy her daughter a piano, Jing-Mei refused to practice. After she made a miserable performance at her recital, she never played the piano again. Only as an adult does she take an interest in the piano once again.
When Jing-Mei learns that her mother had left behind two infant twin daughters in China, she was shocked. Not understanding how much Suyuan suffered over the incident, Jing-Mei treats the situation lightly.
The knowledge helps to appreciate all that Suyuan has done for her. It also teaches her to appreciate her Chinese heritage. The journey to her native land makes Jing-Mei proud to be a Chinese.
Waverly Jong Unlike Jing-Mei who finds maturity and peace within the novel, Waverly constantly struggles. As a child, she became a chess prodigy and champion, who is featured in Life Magazine. Surprising, Lindo Jong does not seem to mind that Waverly no longer wins at chess; Waverly, however, misses the game terribly and beings to play again.
Once she ceases to win all the time, Waverly finally quits the game forever. Throughout life, Waverly has been a driven woman.
Intelligent, ambitious, proud, arrogant, and sometimes cruel, she commands attention. Because she is a successful tax accountant, she becomes wealthy. She wears fashionable clothes and patronizes fancy salons; but she laughs at those beneath her.
She is cruel to Jing-Mei at dinner when she criticizes her hair stylist and her copywriting skills. It is like she has to put down others to lift herself up. Waverly always struggles with her Chinese heritage. She tries to make herself act very American and look less oriental.The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.
Home / Literature / The Joy Luck Club / Characters / Her mother, Suyuan, is extremely capable and driven, and also a great cook and mah jong player. When Suyuan dies, Jing-mei has to fill her shoes, not only by replacing her at the Joy Luck Club, but by stepping up to fulfill her mother’s greatest wish: to.
Suyuan Woo - Suyuan Woo was Jing-mei’s mother and the founder of the Joy Luck Club, a group of women who come together once weekly to play mahjong.
She started the club in China, in the early days of her first marriage. During her flight from a war-torn area of China, Suyuan lost her twin daughters, Chwun Yu and Chwun Hwa.
But she's capable of great love and affection, as evidenced by her relationship with her daughter Shoshana. And Waverly—like all of the other daughters in The Joy Luck Club —has a strained relationship with her mom.
Amy Tan is an author who uses the theme of Chinese-American life, focusing mainly on mother-daughter relationships, where the mother is an immigrant from China and the daughter is a thoroughly Americanized --yellow on the surface and white underneath.
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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan - BookNotes Previous Page | Table of Contents she comes to understand her mother and her.
The Joy Luck Club is a collection of sixteen interrelated stories, centered around the diverse emotional relationships of four different mother/daughter pairs.
To escape war and poverty, the four mothers emigrate from China to America.