Mother-Daughter Tradition In The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club is a representation of the persistent tensions
and powerful bonds between mother and daughter in a Chinese American
society. The book illustrates the hardships both the mother and daughters
go through in order to please the other. Also, it shows the troubles the
daughters face when growing up in two cultures. This book reveals that
most of the time mothers really do know best.
In "Rules of the Game" we see a mother daughter conflict.
Waverly's mother is always showing her off because she is a national chess
champion. Waverly takes this as being exploited by her own mother because
she was raised in a society with more American influence than Chinese. In
a Chinese ...

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she made June take piano lessons June thought that she was trying to
make her become a child prodigy like Waverly, but her mother did this
because she knew it would benefit June for the rest of her life.

Because of the death of her mother, June was forced to take the
place of her mother in more than just filling her place at the Maj Jong
table. The mother daughter tradition was broken because the lost babies
were found after the death of their mother. June's trip to China can be
seen as the completion of her mother's promise to return, honoring her
sisters by attempting to transfer what she had absorbed from her mother
and her tradition.

"And I think, My mother is right. I am becoming Chinese"(Tan 306).
This is what June thinks as she crosses into China. Like the Taoist
Yin/Yang symbol, June and her mother have become two of the same thing.
The only difference being their thoughts, June with American, her mother
with Chinese. This has kept he mother-daughter tradition ...

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