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Best-selling novel“The Joy Luck Club”

2020-07-29 来源: 51Due教员组 类别: Paper范文

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下面为大家整理一篇优秀的essay代写范文 -- Best-selling novel“The Joy Luck Club”,文章讲述从本书的书名来看,对于那些还没有阅读The Joy Luck Club的人来说,您认为这是关于什么的?在一个可以找到运气和欢乐的俱乐部中,或者这是一家中餐馆的名称,因为该名称在英语中没有意义,而且许多中餐馆的名称都带有“运气”和“欢乐”之类的词?如果您是这样认为的,那么您就只能说对了一半。这确实是一本关于俱乐部和中国人的小说,但是还有很多。

 

Best-selling novel“The Joy Luck Club”

For those of you who haven’t read The Joy Luck Club, judging by the title of this book, what do you think it is about? One club where you can find luck and joy or maybe it’s the name of one Chinese restaurant since the name makes no sense in English and many Chinese restaurants have names with words like "luck" and "joy"? If you think so, you are only half-right. It’s indeed a novel about a club and Chinese people but there are so much more to it.

The Joy Luck Club (1989) is a best-selling novel written by Amy Tan. "The Joy Luck Club consists of sixteen interlocking stories about the lives of four Chinese immigrant mothers and their four American-born daughters. In 1949, the four mothers meet at the First Chinese Baptist Church in San Francisco and agree to continue to meet to play mah jong. They call their mah jong group the Joy Luck Club. The stories told in this novel revolve around the Joy Luck Club women and their daughters. Structurally, the novel is divided into four major sections, with two sections focusing on the stories of the mothers and two sections on the stories of the daughters" (Wikipedia). Through the ordinary lives of four Chinese American immigrant families in the United States, one can see the conflicts between western culture and Chinese culture, which reflects on the tense mother-daughter relationship between four Chinese mothers who follow the traditional Chinese value and their America-born daughters who embrace western values. 

The novel first attracted me with its title. When I looked at it, I instantly had the feeling that it must have something to do with Chinese culture since it is very common in China to name something with auspicious words to wish for good luck. When I read it through, I was truly intrigued by author’s accurate depiction of the lives of Chinese immigrant families in America, including how they raise and educate their kids and the love-and-hate relationship between the first generation of Chinese immigrants and the second generation. As the descendant of the first generation of Chinese immigrants to America, Amy Tan has such profound insight into Chinese culture and writes with such accuracy when it comes to traditional Chinese women, meanwhile she can also understand what is like to grow up in immigrant family and how hard it is to communicate with your parents and family who think so differently from you.

One of my favorite scenes is that when one of the daughter characters, Waverly Jong, won a champion in a chess competition when she was a little girl, her mother took her out to show off her trophy to everybody in the street of China town and Waverly ran away in tears because she was so ashamed of her mother bragging her achievement to everybody. This scene reminds me so much of parents in China. Chinese parents take pride in their kid’s achievement. When I say "take pride in", I don’t only mean that they feel happy for their kid’s success. They would show off their kids all the time and talk non-stop about how talented and gifted their kids are.

In traditional Chinese culture, parents would do whatever they can to help their kids to succeed even if it means that they have to sacrifice a lot to provide the best for their kids and thus kids are under enormous pressure from parents and families to be successful. In the novel, this traditional Chinese mentality to please your parents can also be seen and what makes it more interesting is that Waverly, the most independent and intelligent one among all four daughters in the novel, is the one with this good-kid mentality. She learned things that her mother wanted her to learn as a kid and married someone she didn’t like to please her mother as an adult. This contrast makes the story even more interesting.

Another thing that I can relate to is the issue of self-identity of immigrants in America and I think this issue is not only about Chinese people but also everyone in minority groups in the States. Although these four women have lived in America for a very long time, they are still not part of the mainstream people in society. They walk around in China town and socialize with the fellow Chinese immigrants. This issue seems less of a problem for the second generation of Chinese immigrants who was born and raised in America. They are educated in America and they are every bit like westerners but the tricky thing is that they are not the real westerners. Words like "banana", and "Oreo", are used to describe these second generation of immigrants. They grow up in foreign countries and gradually lose touch with their heritage. In the novel, June, one of the daughters, found out that her mother had two kids from her first marriage after her mother’s death. Her mother had to abandon her two baby girls during wartime back in China and lost contact with them all these years. When June knew about the existence of her twin half sisters, she made the decision to go and find them. For her, it is also a journey of finding her own heritage. When I read this, I thought about stories of people who spend their whole lives in foreign countries coming back to their hometown at old age to find their "root". As an old Chinese saying goes like that "The fallen leaves come to the root of the tree"no matter how old we are and how far away we are from our country, that place will follow you whatever you go and its influence on you can never disappear. The way you look and the way you think can be traced back to that place. Like in the novel, although these four young daughters never went back to China once, but they grew up with parents speaking Chinese and having Chinese food everyday and they are under Chinese influences unconsciously. In the novel, one of the women in the club, A Mei had a tragic marriage and her submissiveness in her personality actually passed on to her daughter, Rose. Rose married a doctor but her husband cheated on her. She wouldn’t believe it at first and she tried to make this marriage work.

Reading this novel made me think deep about myself. Being a foreigner living in America means that I have to learn to fit it and I have to make Chinese culture and western values compatible, which can be a good thing since it gives me more angles to see everything. The issue of self-identity for minority group in America has been one of the most discussed topics in here since America is famous for its inclusiveness as a cultural furnace. For most kids born to immigrants, it is important for them to learn about their heritage and try to infuse that with western culture and values. Although the stories in The Joy Luck Club is about Chinese immigrants, what the novel explores is universal for all immigrants, such as the conflicts between your tradition and western culture and difficulties in bridging the generation gap between parents and kids due to cultural and age differences. These issues are what we all face as minority in society.

This novel also gives us some answers to how can we solve these problems, which is through help and mutual understanding. In the end of this book, June found her half twin-sisters in China with information on her mother’s letter, Rose decided to end her unhappy marriage with the encouragement from her mother and Waverly’s mother finally respect her choice instead of forcing her to do things she doesn’t want. We all can learn a lot from their stories.

 

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