Joyluck Essay

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In the novel, The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, it tells of four Chinese women drawn together
in San Francisco to play mah jong, and tell stories of the past. These four women and
their families all lived in Chinatown and belong to the First Chinese Baptist Church. They
were not necessarily religious, but found they could improve their home China. This is how
the woo's, the Hsu's, the Jong's and the St Clair's met in 1949.

The first member of the Joy Luck Club to die was Suyuan Woo. Her daughter, Jing-mei June
Woo, is asked to sit in and take her mother's place at playing mah jong. Memories of the
past are shared by the three women left, An-mei Hsu, Lindo Jong and Ying-ying St Clair.
June Woo learns of the real secret her mother carried to her grave from her mother's
friends. The twin baby girls, her half sisters, Suyuan pushed in a Wheelbarrow as she
escaped from the Japanese. Due to sickness, Suyuan can no longer carry her babies, and is
forced to leave them on the side of the road. She lives her whole life not knowing if they
are alive or dead.

In the book, the Woo's left for America to build a better life for themselves. Suyuan Woo
wanted to have a daughter like herself, and no one would look down on her. It was
important that she speak perfect English and hopefully not share in the same tragedies and
sorrows she had known. The movie brought this concept out very vividly. You were able to
imagine the time and place and the emotions of the characters. Their anger in the early
years, how women and children were treated as possessions. The book spoke of Rose Hsu
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