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In the novel The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan the characters Suyuan and Jing-Mei Woo have a mother-daughter relationship confused with scattered conflict but ultimately composed of deep love and commitment for one another Because of drastic differences in the environments in which they were raised and in their life experiences these two women have some opposing ideas and beliefs This and their lack of communication are responsible for many of the problems they face in their relationshipThese conflicts are only resolved when June learns about her mothers past The way that their relationship develops and the conflicts June and Suyuan face reveal some of the themes that Amy Tan intends for the readers to learn These themes concern such topics as finding our lifes importance making choices and understanding ourselves and our familiesMost of the conflicts that June and her mother face are based on misunderstandings and negligence concerning each others feelings and beliefs June does not understand or even fully know her mother because she does not know about her tragic past and the pain she still feels from the memory of it Because Suyuan lost two daughters in China and her entire family was killed in the war she leaves this place behind her and places all of her hopes in America and her family there She wants the very best for her daughter June Even her name Suyuan meaning long-cherished wish speaks of this hope for Jing-Mei meaning the pure essential best quality younger sister Suyuan tells her daughter June that she can be anything she wants to be and that she has great talent At first June is excited and dreams about what she will become In all my imaginings I was filled with a sense that I would soon become perfect My mother and father would adore me I would be beyond reproach I would never feel the need to sulk for anything p 143 Suyuan pushes June
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