Joy Luck Club
The novel "Joy Luck Club", written by Amy Tan, was a story about four Chinese immigrants that came to America and established the "Joy Luck Club" that catered the game of Chinese mahjong as well as food and dining. The book was structured as somewhat compared to a mahjong since it had four parts with four sections each to create 16 chapters. Published in 1989, the novel was an eventual success with around 2,000,000 copies sold and had been translated to several languages including Chinese.
The plot of the novel was descriptive in nature that emphasized the different circumstances involving the major and minor characters, as well as the different cultures the mother (Chinese culture) and their respective daughters (American Culture) had. The story started when Jing-mei Woo (June), joined the Joy Luck Club together with the three other Chinese women who were her mother's friend: Lindo Jong, An-mei Hsu, and Ying Ying St. Clair. The origin of the club was in China and was founded by Jing's mother, Suyuan. Her mother created the club to improve the morale of her friends during the war. But Suyuan's first husband perished in the war and was forced to desert their twin daughters along the road. After she married Canning Woo, they migrated to America and established again the club. The author then described the past of the other three Chinese women: Lindo was arranged to marry somebody whom she did not like. To escape from her husband, she made up a story that her ancestors would kill her husband if they stayed together. So Lindo was able to flee and migrate to America with an agreement from her husband that the "curse" would not be told to anyone. An-mei lived together with her grandmother and was forbidden to say the name of her mother since her grandmother claimed that their family was dishonored because her mother re married after the death of her father. Later on, her mother returned home to...