Culture is Everything in The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

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Plato said in The Republic, “The soul takes nothing with her to the next world but her education and her culture.” (Quoted from Plato’s The Republic) Dependence in culture is inevitable for humans – take this away and we are lost (Livesey and Lawson, 2008). Livesey and Lawson (2008) generally defined culture as “a way of life”. According to Merriam Webster Dictionary culture is “the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group” (Merriam Webster Dictionary). Several factors affect the formation of one’s culture, Palispis, E. (2007) quoted Sir Edward Tylor, “Culture… refers to that complex whole which includes knowledge, beliefs, arts, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as member of society.” (Palispis, E., 2007) In this context culture is something we acquire from the people we have lived with since we were born, it is not something a person can learn overnight nor can be disposed effortlessly. Our country is rich in culture; the occupation of the Spanish, the American, and the Japanese gave the Philippines its diverse and unique culture. This exceptional culture we have in our country has produced numerous brilliant individuals, who up to this day are still well recognized. So it is safe to say that part of the reason why they became who they were is because of their culture; because of our culture. (Ong, 2011) Culture is important in the formation of one’s identity, and there is such a

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