The Joy Luck Club : Breaking Barriers

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Grace Pating Mr. Devine English 203H 8 September 2015 The Joy Luck Club: Breaking Barriers When people struggle to communicate with one another or disagree, the usual response is to ask questions and make an effort to fix the issue. Unfortunately, owning up to responsibility can be much more difficult when the argument is with a close friend or family member. Coming from two time periods, this is a prevalent issue for the women of the Woo family, especially since both individuals are intolerably headstrong and unable to accept humility. Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, displays how years of generational contrasts in American and Chinese values affect June and her mother Suyuan’s relationship, who, despite having little in common and being separated by cultural and language barriers, attempt to slowly rekindle a mutual understanding after Suyuan’s sudden death. Throughout her childhood and into adulthood, June and her mother had many complications in their relationship because of their different interests and lack of commonalities. Ironically, the few characteristics which they did share, being strong willed and obstinate, kept the pair from listening to one another and was a leading cause in their separation. Unlike her mother, June is laid-back, slightly unmotivated, and has very few connections to her heritage; she is a first-generation Chinese-American who grew up “speaking only English and swallowing more Coca-Cola than sorrow” (4). Additionally, much to the disappointment
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