The marriage of Waverly and Rich is an example of how the Joy Luck Club daughters have in balance their Chinese heritage and American values.Identify Waverly's "balancing act" in the New Year's...

The marriage of Waverly and Rich is an example of how the Joy Luck Club daughters have in balance their Chinese heritage and American values.

Identify Waverly's "balancing act" in the New Year's dinner.

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In Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, the daughters must learn how to balance their Chinese heritage with their American values.  At the New Year's dinner hosted by Lindo and her husband, Waverly must balance her life by respecting her parents and positing her desire to marry a white American man.  Waverly has decided that the New Year's dinner will be the first occasion on which her parents will meet her fiance Rich, and she hopes that all will go well and that her parents will accept Rich into their family.  Waverly had been previously married to a Chinese man, so she is unsure about how her family will react to a cross-cultural marriage.  Waverly has tried to prompt Rich on all the customs that he might encounter while at her parents' home.  However, at the dinner, Rich does not know all the customs that surround dinner, and he makes several mistakes that are regarded as disrespectful by the family.  Waverly, however, stands up for him even though she is embarrassed and disappointed.  So, this is a situation in which Waverly must perform a "balancing act" to satisfy her Chinese heritage and her American values.

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