Focus of Chinese Woman in The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan


  • M.S. Ramachandran Assistant Professor, Department of English Kongu Arts and Science College(Autonomous) Tamil Nadu, India


The Joy Luck Club is a 1989 novel written by Amy Tan. It was also eventually turned into a short story. It focuses on four Chinese American immigrant families in San Francisco who start a club known as The Joy Luck Club, playing the Chinese game of mahjong for money while feasting on a variety of foods. The book is structured somewhat like a mahjong game, with four parts divided into four sections to create sixteen chapters. The three mothers and four daughters (one mother, Suyuan Woo, dies before the novel opens) share stories about their lives in the form of vignettes.

                The novel has number of themes to be discussed with. Henceforth, the theme of INTER GENERATION CONFLICTS is taken into account here. It deals with the conflicts between four mothers and their daughters who were born and brought up in America who want to enjoy their independent life in America. On the other hand, the four elderly mothers who were born and brought up on their own motherland, expect their daughters to follow the tradition of their own motherland. This contrast characters paved the way for conflicts within their family circles. To represent all the characters in this play, the conflicts between  Jing-mei Woo and Suyuan Woo are discussed here.


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Ramachandran, M. (2019). Focus of Chinese Woman in The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 7(10), 6. Retrieved from