Table of Contents Plot Overview The Joy Luck Club contains sixteen interwoven stories about conflicts between Chinese immigrant mothers and their American-raised daughters.
They call their mah jong group the Joy Luck Club. The stories told in this novel revolve around the Joy Luck Club women and their daughters. Structurally, the novel is divided into four major sections, with two sections focusing on the stories of the mothers and two sections on the stories of the daughters.
Jing-Mei relates the story of how her mother Suyuan was the wife of an officer in the Kuomintang during World War II and how she was forced to flee from her home in Kweilin and abandon her twin daughters. Suyuan later found out her first husband died, remarried to Canning Woo, and immigrated to the United States where Jing-Mei was born.
The other three mothers relate the stories of their childhood. Through her own ingenuity, Lindo fabricates a convincing story to annul her marriage and immigrate to the United States.
The final story of the first section follows Ying-Ying St. Clair, who tells the story of how she fell into a lake during the Zhongqiujie festival when she was only four. After being rescued by a group of fishermen, she realizes that she is lost. This experience emotionally traumatizes her, and she is dropped at the shore, and wanders into an outdoor performance featuring the Moon Ladysaid to grant wishes.
But when Ying-Ying approaches the Moon Lady after the play to wish to be returned to her family, she discovers the Moon Lady is played by a man. In the first story, Waverly Jong talks about how she started playing chess, first with her brothers and then with old men in the playground near her school.
At the age of nine, she becomes a national chess champion. This leads to an angry confrontation between the two of them. Lena relates the stories her mother told her when she was younger her great grandfather sentenced a beggar to die in the worst possible manner. Her mother, who seems restless, delivers an anencephalic child who dies at birth.
The story of their neighbors and the relationship between the mother and the daughter of the neighboring household is also mentioned. Rose Hsu Jordan wishes to tell her mother that she plans to divorce her husband Ted.
She reflects on their relationship. She then goes on to relate an incident in which her family her parents and six siblings go to the beach. Her youngest brother, Bing, drowns.
She returns along with her mother An Mei to search for Bing, but in vain. The last story is that of Jing Mei Woo and the pressure that her mother puts on her to perform exceedingly well in some field to be a child prodigy. This disappoints her mother because she wanted her to be a great pianist and Jing-Mei shows no interest in being anything else but herself.
Around her 30th birthday, Suyuan presents her an old piano which she used to play as a child. Although Jing-Mei admits she had forgotten how to play the piano, Suyuan encourages her to try again. She admits to Jing-Mei that she still has the talent to be a great pianist, but self-doubt holds her back.
American Translation[ edit ] The third section follows the Joy Luck children as adult women, all facing various conflicts. Ying-Ying is very much aware of this and encourages Lena to stop being passive and stand up to her husband or nothing will change.
After a disastrous attempt at a dinner party to tell her mother of their wedding, Waverly confronts her mother the morning afterwards and realizes that her mother has known all along about her relationship with Rich and has accepted him.Watch video · Amy Tan is a Chinese-American novelist who wrote the New York Times-bestselling novel The Joy Luck Club.
Synopsis Amy Tan was born on February 19, in Oakland, California. In , Amy Tan was earning an excellent living writing speeches for business executives. She worked around the clock to meet the demands from her many high-priced clients, but she took no joy in the work, and felt frustrated and unfulfilled.
In her 30s, she took up writing fiction.
A year later her first book, a collection of interrelated stories called The Joy Luck Club . Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club is itself a joyful study in luck. The Joy Luck Club?
AT: I don't think joy and luck are specific to Chinese culture. In childhood, reading provided a refuge for me, especially during difficult times. It provided me with the idea. The Joy Luck Club takes its title from a gathering begun in wartime China by Suyuan Woo, who met with three women in a weekly attempt to maintain their sanity and luck.
They prepared special foods and played mah-jongg, even though the .
The Joy Luck Club contains sixteen interwoven stories about conflicts between Chinese immigrant mothers and their American-raised daughters. The book hinges on Jing-mei’s trip to China to meet her half-sisters, twins Chwun Yu and Chwun Hwa.
The half-sisters remained behind in China because Jing. During high school, when I did not have the life experience to fully appreciate her work, I read each of Amy Tan's books as they came out.
Now, years later, with many other books and various experiences under my belt, I reread The Joy Luck Club, Tan's first book, as part of my March Women's History /5.