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The Joy Luck Club

by Amy Tan
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The women in The Joy Luck Club are trying to balance their values and ideals from China with those their children are learning in the United States. Choose one mother-daughter pair from The Joy Luck Club and analyze that Chinese values the mother wants her daughter to have. What are three of these values? To support your points, cite pages, scenes and/or use direct quotes, and be detailed as possible.

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Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club tells the stories of four mother and daughter pairs trying to make sense of their adult relationships among the pressures of balancing traditional Chinese values with modern, American lifestyles. In each relationship, the mother hopes to impart wisdom on her daughter and wants...

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Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club tells the stories of four mother and daughter pairs trying to make sense of their adult relationships among the pressures of balancing traditional Chinese values with modern, American lifestyles. In each relationship, the mother hopes to impart wisdom on her daughter and wants her to retain values important to the mother's own traditional upbringing.

In choosing which mother/daughter pair to explore, you may want to first decide which values explored in the book most speak to you as an individual. Another approach would be to first look for articles or academic papers exploring the subject to get another reader's perspective. The eNotes Analysis and Essay notes for The Joy Luck Club both have great material to use as a jumping-off point.

Rather than just stating the three values, make sure to support your points by citing examples of passages in which the mother discusses or pushes this value onto her daughter. A mixture of direct quotes and indirect citations help to show that you have a grasp of the material.

There are a number of questions answered on eNotes that address this topic; see the links below.

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