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What is the purpose of The Joy Luck Club?

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The Joy Luck Club was originally formed to serve one purpose, but this changed later, and the club served multiple purposes. Suyuan, Jing-mei’s mother, started the club back in China at a time when there was the widespread fear of an imminent invasion by Japan. Her husband moved her and her twin daughters to Kweilin where they anticipated to be safer but turned out otherwise.

It was at Kweilin that Suyuan initiated the club with three other women for the sole purpose of coping with the horrors of war. It provided them with an escape from the harsh realities of war, as they would reminisce about peaceful happier times. They also played mahjong and each time hoped to get lucky and win.

The San Francisco Joy Luck Club serves a number of purposes. Besides it being an investment club, it is also a social club where the women meet to share their experiences and establish bonds. In addition to that, the club serves as a medium through which to pass...

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