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This is a story about four Chinese mothers and their four daughters which were born and brought up in America It shows the motherdaughter relationship and their personal life It is divided into four sections the first and last are told by the three mothers and Jing - Mei Woo whos in charge of telling her mothers story after her recent death and then the second and third sections are told by the four daughters including Jing - Mei Woo Each of the mothers have two episodes in the book same as the daughters with the exception of Jing - Mei who has four The title of the book comes from a small club founded by the mothers in San Francisco at their arrival to America it is basically based upon a Mah-jong game in which the corners of the table symbolize four directions represented by the four mothers All the characters in the book know each other and comment accordingly It can also be argued that the story is a reflection of Amy Tans the author life if you look at the biography All the motherdaughter relationships are very particular in this book mainly because of the cultural differences rather then because of the generation gap Therefore they have a hard time understanding each other and their communication is very complicated Through the story you can notice misunderstanding by both parts the American ideals are different from the Chinese hence the reason for the misinterpreting by mothers and daughters vice versa All the four motherdaughter relationships in the novel are different albeit the fact that the main conflict is the same communication Jing - Meis relationship is harder to interpret then all the others since her mother is dead and the story is told by her the reader only has one sides point of view unlike all the others But one can still notice they had their problems for example when she was
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