The Joy Luck Club By Amy Tan

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Communication is one of the most vital aspect of everyone’s life and that is often hinted at in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club. Throughout the book, we encounter mother-daughter relationships that are ultimately impacted due to linguistic roadblocks. The mothers are more proficient in Chinese, sometimes struggling to have their daughters completely understand their dialect. This, in turn, poses as a barrier in regards to conserving a cultural connection between the mother and daughter.
Delving into Suyuan Woo’s experience, she encountered mistranslation after immigrating to America and being inclined to adapt to a new culture. Suyuan proclaimed, “This feather may look worthless, but it comes from afar and carries with it all my good
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The USA-born twin pandas are experiencing mistranslation as they are unable to understand the Chinese dialect that they are being spoken to. In fact, “the worry about the panda’s transition is that they both love American crackers so much that everything they eat must be mixed with the crackers.” This goes to show that the place in which you were born has such a tremendous effect on who you are as a person. In addition to the twin pandas, “[they] cannot understand Sichuan dialect; only hearing their names can make them raise their head.” The fact that even animals experience mistranslation is really fascinating. In terms of cultural identity, both the article and book go hand in hand, Waverly Jong states that she would blend in while in China and not be mistaken for an American. Lindo, her mother, responds with, “How can think she can blend in? Only her skin and her hair are Chinese. Inside – she is all American-made.” For instance, my parents and siblings were born in Monterrey, Mexico, spending a chunk of their lives there. I was born in McAllen, disconnected from my family in Mexico, which, in turn, resulted in me being “American-made” as I developed different dislikes and likes as my siblings and parents. This shows that the customs, traditions, and language in which you were brought up are an immense influence in your way of being and physical appearance. Word Count: 585

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