Who can tell me the multiculturalism in the Joy Luck Club?Please  tell it in specific way!

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There is much from which to choose.  On one hand, I think that the discussion of culture from the point of view of the mother and the daughters is extremely important.  This is something that allows the reader to see multicultural values discussed and highlighted through both points of view.  I would also suggest that seeing how the American daughters view their Chinese mothers is another example of multiculturalism being present.  In this light, one sees how the modern definition and parameters of culture are applied to a traditional one.  The idea in multiculturalism is to examine and observe the presence of difference in cultural perception.  We see this in Tan's work through the discussion of both sets of values.  Finally, I would also suggest that mutliculturalism examines how different notions of identity play out in the lives of the individual.  Race and ethnicity are a part of this, but how race and ethnicity impact gender and other considerations can also fit in the definition of multiculturalism.  In this light, Tan's work is representative because it seeks to assess what it means to be a woman in both Chinese culture and the Chinese- American notion of cultural identity.

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