Conflicts with Love
People with different culture backgrounds usually have different values and ways of thinking. Conflicts will arise when they communicate with each other, even between mothers and daughters. However, love is the bridge between their hearts, and Amy Tan acknowledges this in her novel. The Joy Luck Club set during the pre-World War II China and contemporary San Francisco. The conflict arose between mothers and daughters in the book, and it represents the contrast between the two very different culture backgrounds. China, at that time, was in a serious conflict while San Francisco offered freedom and peace. The mothers moved to America after the civil war and raised their daughter as American-born Chinese. Both mothers and daughters wish to fit into American society, the daughters also learn to value their Chinese heritage through the stories of their mothers. The author of the novel, Amy Tan is a Chinese American writer who was born in Oakland, California, in 1952. She studied in San Jose City College as an English and linguistics major. She dreamed of being a writer since she was young. The Joy Luck Club is one of her well-known works and it contains many autobiographical elements from Tan's life (Telgen). The story is based on the conflicts between four mothers, Suyun, Lindo, Ying-ying and Anmei, and their American-born daughters, Jing-mei, Waverly, Lena and Rose. The whole novel consists of four sections. Each section tells about the thoughts the mothers had in China about what they suffered, and how they have connections to the American-raised daughters’ ways of thinking when they are facing similar problems. Amy wrote this novel to show the mothers are encouraging their daughters to make good decisions and establish their own identities by telling them about the experiences they had in China. In her novel The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan develops her theme of the conflicts that arise between mothers and daughters because of the generational gap...
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