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Just the other day I had an argument with my mother about what kind of music we wanted to listen to in the car Everyone struggles with communication and being able to identify with parents or other guardians at some point in their life In The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan the characters must struggle not only with the generation gap but also linguistic and cultural barriers Despite their daughters American upbringing the mothers attempt to keep them submerged in Chinese culture by using language and double talk as weapons The mothers also depend on story telling as a way to tell their daughters all about life but these daughters are Americanized so much that this form of communication may not always be completely effective In addition the daughters dont know the Chinese language very well so sometimes it makes it hard for them to understand the mixed messages their mothers are trying to get through to them One generation has so much faith in the stories and the other has so little understanding not only because of language but because of the ways of their new American culture Despite their daughters American upbringing the mothers attempt to keep them submerged in Chinese culture by using language and double talk as weapons Early in the novel the Joy Luck Club members discuss the different types of mah jong and Jing Mei realizes how oppositely she and her mother spoke to one another She plays back the conversations that she and her mother used to have about mah jong During their talks her mother indirectly attempted to have her daughter keep her Chinese culture a part of her daily lifestyle One way was through Suyans snobbish tone she used when describing Jewish mah jong Jing Mei assumed that this disapproval was simply because of its traditions being unlike the Chinese way Jing Mei didnt realize that putting down Jewish mah jong was really her mothers
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