In life we sometimes experience cultural differences. In The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan shows how mother daughter relationships are affected by these cultural differences. Therefore each of the mothers and daughters has a different view on their Chinese culture.
Lindo Jong is the mother of Waverly. Lindo believes that her daughter should be the best of the best at something like all the other Chinese girls she knows of. Lindo also believes that Waverly should marry a Chinese man and is in a constant argument with her about marrying an American man. Lindo believes that it is important for Waverly to marry a Chinese man so that her Chinese heritage will not die out. Throughout the book Lindo begins to warm up to the idea of her daughter marrying an American man but still does not support the idea one hundred percent.
Waverly Jong, the daughter of Lindo believes she is more American than Chinese. She does not understand why her mother hates the idea of her marrying an American man so much. Waverly knows her mother will not like her fiancé, so she avoids introducing him to her mother because she will refuse to like him because he is not Chinese. Waverly is in a constant argument with her mother because she feels she should be a child prodigy like all the other Chinese girls she knew. The constant argument Tan shows about being a child prodigy and her mother’s feelings about American men shows the cultural differences between Chinese and American culture.
Suyuan Woo, June’s mother and an immigrant from Kweilin, China, had a very valuable tradition of telling stories of her past life in Kweilin and of her immigration to the United States in order to start a new better life. Another precious tradition of Suyuan was playing an old Chinese betting game called Mahjong. Mahjong was important to...