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In traditional Chinese culture many judgments were made about a person just by observing their sex The woman was looked upon as an inferior being and she had little or no status in society Furthermore very little was expected from women and they were discriminated against when they tried to stand up for themselves Chinese culture was customarily male dominated the male was expected to do most of the work and the woman was expected to stay at home Chinese women feel like no one cares and it is much harder for them to live with an optimistic view on life Although sexism is not a major theme of Amy Tans Joy Luck Club it is clear that it does affect the lives of the mothers and daughters Although sexism is not a major theme in this novel it runs throughout the whole novel since the story is focused on Chinese women that grew up in China and therefore they have this tradition of sexism inside The reader of Joy Luck Club can observe the signs of sexism in almost every story of the novel Each mother or daughter tells two stories in the novel except for Jing-mei whose mother already died and so she is telling the story of her mother also An-Mei Rose Hsu An-Mei is very much affected by her mothers behavior An-Mei lives with her grandmother Popo because she disowned An-meis mother and she doesnt allow her to bring up An-mei The reason why is An-meis mother so hated by her own family is because once when she is invited to a wealthy merchants house he rapes her She is forced to marry him in order to partially preserve her honor but in China it is considered very shameful to marry another man when the first one died Unfortunately it is perfectly okay for Wu-Tsing to rape her and that way to make An-meis mother marry him As his third
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