What is the meaning of the quote "I saw what I had been fighting for: It was for me, a scared child" in The Joy Luck Club?

The meaning of the quote "I saw what I had been fighting for: It was for me, a scared child" in The Joy Luck Club is that Waverly realizes that her fights with her mother have been based on an attempt to defend her childhood self from a woman who no longer exists. This revelation allows her to accept the changes in both herself and her mother.

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In The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan explores the relationships between Chinese immigrant mothers and their daughters who have grown up in America. Waverly Jong has a relationship of continual conflict with her mother, Lindo, partly because they are rather similar characters in their competitiveness and their desire to dominate. Lindo is proud of her daughter's intelligence and her achievements as a child chess prodigy, but she tends to...

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