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The Joy Luck Club I wanted my children to have the best combination American circumstances and Chinese character How could I know these two things do not mixPg 289 Living in a cultural mish mash it is very common to meet someone who will introduce themselves as a something - Canadian In the book The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan she writes about a group of four Chinese families who immigrate to the States taking advantage of The Better Life As said by Jing-Mei My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America Pg 141 her mother was not the only one who thought this Exploring the cultural differences of China and the USA Tan creates an accurate account of four women growing up as first generation Americans using the stories of their parents to show the contrasts Growing up as a first generation Chinese-Canadian I cant say that the book has taught me that much but it has made me think more about my own heritage and the lessons I have learned from being able to experience the two different cultures first hand I dont remember much from when I was young but there have been some memories that have stuck with me through the ages One of the earliest memories I have from my childhood would be my aunt pinching my nose and saying to me Pinch your nose Louise Its too little Girls with nice longer noses are meant to marry rich This is much like what Lindo Jongs mother told her when she was young You have my nose The hole is not too big so your money will not be running out pg 292 I didnt grow up in a Chinese community like Waverly did We lived on Waverly Place in a warm clean two-bedroom flat that sat above a small Chinese bakery but I did live in a typical Chinese family one
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