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Joy Luck Club


Is it fair to judge someone by their sex? In traditional Chinese culture, many judgments
were made about a person just by observing their sex. The women was looked upon as an
inferior being. They had little or no status in society, and little was expected from
them. They were discriminated against when they tried to stand up for themselves. Chinese
culture was customarily male dominated. The male was expected to do most of the work, and
the woman was expected to stay at home with their mouth shut. This custom leaves an
unwelcome feeling in a woman's heart. They feel like nobody cares, and it makes it much
harder to live with an optimistic view on life. In the novel, The Joy Luck Club, by Amy
Tan, Ann-Mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, and Ying Ying St. Clair are all women who grow up in a
traditional China, where there is sexism. They deal with serious problems that corrupt
their lives. Through perseverance and the passing of time their lives return to normal.
Ann-Mei, Lindo, and Ying Ying subjugated by males because of their sex, and Chinese
tradition. Ann-Mei is oppressed in many ways. Her mother is invited to spend time at the
home of a wealthy merchant named Wu Tsing. During the night he comes into Ann-Mei's
mother's room and rapes her. Despite emotionally scaring Ann-Mei this demonstrates the
lack of respect for a woman in China. Ann-Mei's mother is forced into concubinage because
of her lack of power as a women. She becomes the third wife. As a third wife she maintains
very little status in the home of Wu Tsing. Ann-Mei's family disowns her mother because by
becoming a third wife she has brought shame to her family. "When I was a young girl in
China, my grandmother told me my mother was a ghost". Ann-Mei is told to forget about her
mother and move on in her life. The fact that Ann-Mei is told to forget her mother because
she has become something she could not control, is preposterous. She was raped and forced
into concubinage. The lack of appreciation for a female causes this feeling of shame for
the Mei family. Since rape and polygamy is accepted in China, it makes it appear that what
Ann-Mei's mother has done is wrong, and what Wu Tsing did was right or normal. Ann-Mei's
daughter Rose, reaps the disadvantages of being a woman because she feels that she can't
make decisions. "...Ted decided where we went on vacation. He decided what new furniture
we should buy...We used to discuss some of these matters, but we both knew the question
would boil down to my saying, ‘Ted, you decide.'" This illustrates Rose's disability to
be assertive, and her dependence on a male. The life of Ann-Mei demonstrated how women
were undervalued in society. The story of Lindo Jong allegorizes how women were
discriminated against. At the very young age of twelve, Lindo is betrothed to Tyan-yu.
This is an example of the insignificance of a female's feelings. Nobody wants to have an
arranged marriage. Marriage is sacred, and is supposed to be exercised by two people who
are in love with each other. This is an act of extreme unfairness to Lindo. This shows how
an accepted Chinese practice is in actuality hurtful toward the female sex. "I [Lindo]
once sacrificed my life to keep my parents' promise". Here, Lindo is talking about her
arranged, loveless marriage. Chinese tradition is restricting Lindo from being her own
person, and living her own life. She is unable to make her own decisions. Lindo is so
willing to sacrifice her life in order to preserve the honor of her parents. There is no
honor in forcing someone to be unhappy. On another note, Lindo was quickly blamed for not
having children. Actually, their lack of offspring resulted from Tyan-yu's lack of
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