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In the book, there are two different Joy Luck Clubs. The first one was started by Suyuan Woo in China during the war. She and the other members started the club to help defeat the hopelessness that surrounded them every day. The second Joy Luck Club was started by Suyuan Woo and the other "Joy Luck aunties" of the book in San Francisco after they had all immigrated to the US, years later. It was a way for them to tell each other stories of the Chinese pasts and to preserve their cultural identities in a new country.
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