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Nationality Hey Sabrina are you Japanese or Chinese I asked Her reply as it seems to be for a lot of minority groups is Neither Im Chinese-American So besides her American accent and a hyphenated ending on her answer to the SAT questionnaire about her ethnic background whats the difference In Amy Tans enjoyable novel The Joy Luck Club about the relationships and experiences of four Chinese mothers and four Chinese-American daughters I found out the answer to this question The difference in upbringing of those women born during the first quarter of this century in China and their daughters born in the American atmosphere of California is a difference that doesnt exactly take a scientist to see From the beginning of the novel you hear Suyuan Woo tell the story of The Joy Luck Club a group started by some Chinese women during World War II where we feasted we laughed we played games lost and won we told the best stories And each week we could hope to be lucky That hope was our only joy p 12 Really this was their only joy The mothers grew up during perilous times in China They all were taught to desire nothing to swallow other peoples misery to eat their own bitterness p 241 Though not many of them grew up terribly poor they all had a certain respect for their elders and for life itself These Chinese mothers were all taught to be honorable to the point of sacrificing their own lives to keep any family members promise Instead of their daughters who can promise to come to dinner but if she wants to watch a favorite movie on TV she no longer has a promise p 42 To Chinese people fourteen carats isnt real gold my bracelets must be twenty-four carats pure inside and out p 42 Towards the end of the book there is a definite line between the
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