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English speech – The Joy Luck Club

The world is made up of many vibrant cultures each coming with their own customs and traditions. The Chinese culture has a rich and profound history and is the only continuous ancient civilization in the world. When some American born girls are brought up by Chinese immigrant mothers in San Francisco, the choice between following Chinese traditions and listening to the Americanized society isn’t an easy choice. This is what we see in the non-fiction text I read “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan.

The Joy Luck Club consists of four stories interlocking about the lives of four different Chinese mothers struggling with their own problems raising their American born daughters. The book starting in 1949 where these four immigrants women meet at the first Baptist Church in San Francisco and agree to meet and play mah jong, creating the Joy Luck Club. The first story based around Jing-Mei because it was her late mother that founded the Joy Luck Club.

The book starts off with Jing-Mei’s mother Suyuan Woo dying and Jing-Mei getting asked to take her mothers place in the Joy Luck Club. The start of the Joy Luck Club was to bring together women to forget their painful pasts and to cheer them up. Suyuan thought of the idea of to make this club many years ago back when she lived in Kweilin and always told Jing-Mei the story. I quote "Over the years, she told me the same story, except for the ending, which grew darker, casting long shadows into her life, and eventually into mine." This extract from the book shows that this book was written in first person and shows that Jing-Mei has a tough relationship with her mother because she isn’t ready to reveal the rough past she’s had to her daughter. This reveals that Jing-Mei really questions how little she knows about her mother and before she knows it, its too late to ask the questions she wanted to know. This book unravels stories about these women’s past and their daughter’s futures. It...
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