English III L1 Mod E
01 June 2012
The Joy Luck Club
“Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn’t have anything to do with it.” Said by Haim Ginott, an expert and child therapist who had a great impact on the relationship between adults and children. (http://www.betweenparentandchild.com/index.php ?s=content&p=Haim). According to the quote of Haim Ginott, the parents often feel unable to control their younger generation, and that is caused by a generation gap, which is normally refer to a time and space distance. But Amy Tan, a Chinese American author illustrates the generation gap in a different way. In her novel, The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan described the generation gap between four-immigrant American Chinese mother and their American born daughter, which is cause by the bi-culture difference, lack of communication and the different view of America, in order to illustrate the culture differences and hardship in a immigrant family in America. In the novel, Tan illustrates the generation gap between the four Chinese immigrant mothers and their Americanized daughters is caused by the bump of two culture, the eastern traditional culture and the western culture. Stephen Soitos talks about the ethnicity problem between the mothers and daughters in her essay collection named “Amy Tan”. Soitos thinks: “The mothers are firmly rooted in their Chinese cultural heritage and are comfortable with being Chinese. The daughters are awkward with their own Chinese features, the Chinese language and their repressed Chinese spirituality. The mother identify with their ethnicity, but the daughters are ambivalent about who they are” (Soitos, 294). The mothers are used to their Chinese way of living style, and keep the Chinese culture even though they have moved to America but their American born daughters do not totally understand what those Chinese heritages are. And this culture differences was apparent throughout the novel. After reading The Joy Luck...
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