Essay on Clash of Cultures Portrayed in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

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Clash of Cultures Portrayed in The Joy Luck Club

The environment in which one grows up molds their character and behavior. The four daughters portrayed in The Joy Luck Club are of Chinese descent, yet they are not Chinese. The daughters speak in English, not the language of their mothers, Mandarin. The daughters are addressed by their English names, or they do not have a Chinese name at all. They think as Americans and have little memory of their Chinese thinking, customs or traditions.

" In me, they see their own daughters, just as ignorant, just as unmindful of all the truths and hopes they have bought to America. They see daughters who grow impatient when their mothers talk in Fractured English. They see that joy and
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However, June, in the end, chose to disobey her mother, talked back to her, even shouted at her, " I wish I wasn't your daughter. I wish you weren't my mother. Then I wish I'd never been born! I wish I were dead! Like them.". this is not the act of a Chinese daughter, a Chinese daughter can never talk back.

When Lindo showed Waverly off, she was proud of her daughter for winning the chess competitions and being a chess champion, yet Waverly take it that her mother is a show-off, " I wish you wouldn't do that, telling everyone that I'm your daughter". In the Chinese way of thinking, a Chinese daughter would want her mother to be proud of her and would strive her best to achieve it. Waverly dared to scold her mother, " Why do you have to use me to show off? If you want to show off, why don't you learn to play chess" and ran away from home. If a Chinese daughter ran away from home, it meant that the family will disown her, treat her as an outcaste, never accepting her and never allowed to come back. Yet, Waverly took the American way of rebelling against her mother, not only running away, but plot herself against her own mother later and "pondered my next move".

In "The Voice From The Wall" told by Lena St Clair, she has been using her American mind, asking what exactly happened to the beggar who was sentenced to die the death of a thousand cuts. When asked, her mother

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