The Joy Luck Club: The Gap Between Mother And Daughter



Lena's mother, Ying-Ying was born in China. She was educated in the traditional Chinese culture. Lena, a half-Chinese girl, was born in the United States; she was educated in the western culture. Lena is an Asian girl, and in her mind there is almost only Americanized thinking. According to this, some Americans call these Americanized Asians "BANANA". (Banana symbolize that the skin is yellow, and the inside is white) There must be some conflicts between the elder generation that is the total Chinese culture and their Americanized children. So, in Amy Tan's novel The Joy Luck Club, the Chinese mother Ying-Ying's and her daughter Lena's relationship is not close, we can even say that is ...

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Her love turned to hate, and she killed her unborn baby. This made her think she is a murderer. Ying-Ying lived in her past for a long time; she can hardly forget the pain of her unsuccessful marriage. Actually, in real life, Ying-Ying wants to hide herself, her tragic past and her pain. Ying-Ying also wants her second husband believes she was from a poor family, and he married her saving her from a catastrophe. But she would not tell her husband and her daughter about the catastrophe.
"I let myself become a wounded animal. I let the hunter come to me and turn me into a tiger ghost. I willingly gave up my chi, the spirit that caused me so much pain" (JLC P285)
Lena can not help her mother because Lena can not understand her mother's thinking. Lena was born in America and live like a complete American girl. Lena knows her mother has some secrets, which she can not tell her. She tries to help her mother use her American ways, but she can not.
"Even as a young child, I could sense ...

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