The Joy Luck Club : Jing Mei

3159 Words Apr 25th, 2015 13 Pages
Log #1 (Page 5-32)

Passage: “And then it occurs to me. They are frightened. In me, they see their own daughters, just as ignorant, just as unmindful of all the truths and hopes they have brought to America.” (Tan 31)

Context: Jing-mei’s mother Suyuan started the Joy Luck club in 1949, just after she immigrated to San Francisco from China. Suyuan created the Joy Luck Club as a symbol of hope and strength while the club members were transitioning between their old and new lifestyles. Unfortunately, Suyuan died and in her place her daughter, Jing-mei, was to attend the weekly Joy Luck Club meetings. At her first meeting, Jing-mei felt victimized by the other ladies as they criticized her decisions and lifestyle. Just as Jing-mei was going to leave, the ladies presented her with a $1,200 cheque and insisted she use it to visit her half sisters. Jing-mei learned from the ladies that just before her mother died, she was desperately trying to get in contact with her daughters. However, she was never able to visit them after she abandoned them, so the ladies wanted Jing-mei to go and tell them of her mother. Jing-mei was doubtful and anxious about whether she knew her mother well enough to accurately explain her life to her older sisters. The ladies lost it when they heard this, demanding it is impossible since Suyuan was her mother after all. Jing-mei realizes that the ladies are fearful for their next generation since the lack of communication between them can prevent these…
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