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Every person comes to a point in their life when they begin to search for themselves and their identity Usually it is a long process and takes a long time with many wrong turns along the way Family teachers and friends all help to develop a person into an individual and adult Parents play the largest role in evolving a person Amy Tan author of the Joy Luck Club uses this theme in her book Four mothers have migrated to America from China because of their own struggles They all want their daughters to grow up successful and without any of the hardships they went through One mother Suyuan imparts her knowledge on her daughter through stories The American culture influences her daughter Jing Mei to such a degree that it is hard for Jing Mei to understand her mothers culture and life lessons Yet it is not until Jing Mei realizes that the key to understanding who her mother was and who she is lies in understanding her mothers lifeJing Mei spends her American life trying to pull away from her Chinese heritage and therefore also ends up pulling away from her mother Jing Mei does not understand the culture and does not feel it is necessary to her life When she grows up it is not fashionable to be called by your Chinese name 26 She doesnt use understand or remember the Chinese expressions her mother did claiming she can never remember things she didnt understand in the first place 6 Jing Mei begs her mother to buy her a transistor radio but her mother refuses when she remembers something from her past asking her daughter Why do you think you are missing something you never had 13 Instead of viewing the situation from her mothers Chinese-influenced side Jing Mei takes the American materialistic viewpoint and sulks in silence for an hour 13 By ignoring her mom and her moms advice Jing
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