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An explanation of the title "The Joy Luck Club" is provided the reader in the course of the narrative. The Joy Luck Club was formed by one of the four Chinese-immigrant women in China before their coming to America. Suyuan Woo started this club to distract her friends from their oppression in China. That is, she hoped the club could keep them--at least for a while--from thinking about their woes during the Japanese invasion of China. Then, after the women migrated to the United States, the club was continued as a means of unifying the four women and their daughters. Suyuan Woo hoped that this continuation of the club would bring good luck to her friends and happiness in their reunions. And, by retaining this vestige of their culture in China, Suyuan and the other mothers hope to keep alive the Chinese heritage of their American-born daughters.
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