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Joy Luck Club

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Society’s Influence on Cultures

Filial piety is a now customary concept brought to the Chinese culture from the teachings of Confucius. Confucius in the Xiao Jing stresses the idea where it explains the crucial demand of respect for elders by the adolescent. In the novel The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, she explains an array of situations all based on the relationship between mothers and their daughters. The common pattern in all of the stories is the struggle the daughters have accepting the traditional Chinese customs. The mothers lived in China and migrated to the Americas where their children have grown up. Although the mothers raised their daughters with Chinese manners and traditions, the daughters all struggle to live up to their mother’s expectations because of the modern society in which they live.

The Xiao Jing stresses the importance of impressing your parents by becoming successful at what you do. It states "When we have established our character by the practice of this (filial) course to make our name famous in future ages and thereby glorify our parents, this is filial piety" (Xiao Jing pg.1). The Xiao Jing explains that it is necessary to become successful and to impress your parents at that trade and not disgrace your family name. In the Joy Luck Club Waverly is the youngest daughter of Lindo and Tin Jong. At an early age, Waverly found success at chess, winning tournaments as a young girl. Waverly says that her mother, Lindo, taught her the power of invisible strength, which she believes helped her become so successful at chess. Wavery learned of the game from her two brothers Winston and Vincent, who she bribed to let her play with two lifesavers. Soon the boys became bored with the game but Waverly continued to play with an old man in the park, Lao Pao. Lao Pao taught Waverly different things that she was unaware of about the game. Since Waverly was such a successful chess player at such a young age, at nine becoming national...