American Culture in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

In The Joy Luck Club, the attitudes of four daughters toward their mothers change as the girls mature and come to realize that their mothers aren't so different after all.

There are four pairs of mothers and daughters whose stories are told in The Joy Luck Club.

Tan's novels offer some glimpses of life in China while developing the themes of mother-daughter relations, cultural adaptation and "women with a past". Tan’s novels share many themes and elements, but this paper will focus mainly on two episodes of the novel The Joy Luck Club: "The Joy Luck Club" and "Waiting Between the Trees"; and will make references to The Kitchen's God Wife and The Hundred Secret Senses....


These cultural values shape the outcome of The Joy Luck Club.

(Tan 40-41) Amy Tan frames The Joy Luck Club with Jing-mei Woo's search for identity....

The novel "Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan illustrates biculturalism in America and the profound impact it had on the main character's life and is paralleled, in many ways by my own....


The Joy Luck Club (novel) - Wikipedia

From the beginning of the novel, you hear Suyuan Woo tell the story of "The Joy Luck Club," a group started by some Chinese women during World War II, where "we feasted, we laughed, we played games, lost and won, we told the best stories....

The Joy Luck Club is a 1989 novel written by Amy Tan

In Amy Tan’s book "The Joy Luck Club," the theme of the "American Dream," which is the belief that America is a guaranteed land of opportunity, of success and happiness is the main theme in the story....