History Literature / TheJoyLuckClub

22nd May '16 6:30:17 PM MrInitialMan
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: [[InUniverse]] Lindo's mother-in-law cannot understand why her son hasn't [[IWantGrandchildren sired any children yet.]] It's because he hasn't hit puberty; he's physically too young to be a father.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: [[InUniverse]] (InUniverse) Lindo's mother-in-law cannot understand why her son hasn't [[IWantGrandchildren [[IWantGrandkids sired any children yet.]] It's because he hasn't hit puberty; in other words, he's physically ''physically too young young'' to be a father.
12th May '16 3:28:30 PM needlessexposition
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* InfantImmortality: Averted ''hard'' with [[spoiler: four-year-old Bing Hsu and Ying-Ying's sons. The first one was aborted because it belonged to her awful first husband and the second one was born with a hole in its head and no brain.]]
12th May '16 3:25:07 PM needlessexposition
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** Lindo does it with all three of her children. Her first child, a son, is named Winston because it sounds like "wins ton" and he helped get Lindo and Tin their citizenship (though he dies at sixteen in a car accident). Her second son is named Vincent because it sounds like "win cent" and sons were considered quite prosperous. Waverly's full name is Waverly Place Jong after the street they were living on at the time to give her a sense of belonging so she would never regret anything.
12th May '16 3:17:18 PM needlessexposition
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* Adorkable: Tin Jong in "Double Face" could be counted as one after his proposal to Lindo. He speaks Cantonese and she speaks Mandarin but they're both learning English which is the only way they could speak to each other from the time despite it being both their second languages. It leads to some rather humorous dialogue between the two.

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* Adorkable: {{Adorkable}}: Tin Jong in "Double Face" could be counted as one after his proposal to Lindo. He speaks Cantonese and she speaks Mandarin but they're both learning English which is the only way they could speak to each other from the time despite it being both their second languages. It leads to some rather humorous dialogue between the two.
12th May '16 3:16:29 PM needlessexposition
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* Adorkable: Tin Jong in "Double Face" could be counted as one after his proposal to Lindo. He speaks Cantonese and she speaks Mandarin but they're both learning English which is the only way they could speak to each other from the time despite it being both their second languages. It leads to some rather humorous dialogue between the two.
-->"Lindo, will you spouse me?"
29th Apr '16 3:09:59 AM MrInitialMan
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: [[InUniverse]] Lindo's mother-in-law cannot understand why her son hasn't [[IWantGrandchildren sired any children yet.]] It's because he hasn't hit puberty; he's physically too young to be a father.
5th Dec '15 10:32:58 AM toongrrl1990
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* StrongFamilyResemblance: "Together we look like our mother." [[Jing-Mei, finding her lost sisters.]]

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* StrongFamilyResemblance: "Together we look like our mother." [[Jing-Mei, [[spoiler: Jing-Mei, finding her lost sisters.]]
26th Nov '15 8:19:37 PM nombretomado
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The book centers around four mother-daughter pairs living in SanFrancisco. The mothers are Suyuan Woo, An-Mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, and Ying-ying St. Clair. The daughters are, respectively, Jing-Mei (June) Woo, Rose Hsu Jordan, Waverly Jong, and Lena St. Clair. All of the mothers immigrated from China during their lives, and much of the book talks about their relationships with their mothers, with the exception of Suyuan Woo. The book is structured in sixteen chapters, each narrated in first person by one of the characters; the first four are told by the mothers, the next eight are told by the daughters, and the last four are told by the mothers, all with the exception of Suyuan Woo, who is dead at the beginning of the novel, so Jing-Mei takes her chapters. Most of each chapter is dedicated to a flashback of the narrator's childhood, usually regarding a particular incident or series of events involving that character's mother.

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The book centers around four mother-daughter pairs living in SanFrancisco.UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco. The mothers are Suyuan Woo, An-Mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, and Ying-ying St. Clair. The daughters are, respectively, Jing-Mei (June) Woo, Rose Hsu Jordan, Waverly Jong, and Lena St. Clair. All of the mothers immigrated from China during their lives, and much of the book talks about their relationships with their mothers, with the exception of Suyuan Woo. The book is structured in sixteen chapters, each narrated in first person by one of the characters; the first four are told by the mothers, the next eight are told by the daughters, and the last four are told by the mothers, all with the exception of Suyuan Woo, who is dead at the beginning of the novel, so Jing-Mei takes her chapters. Most of each chapter is dedicated to a flashback of the narrator's childhood, usually regarding a particular incident or series of events involving that character's mother.
6th Nov '15 12:48:10 PM MrInitialMan
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* HeroicSacrifice [[XMeetsY Meets]] MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: An-mei's mother, trapped into a horrific marriage to her rapist, commits suicide by poison, but does so two days before the new year. Folklore states that the third day after death is when a spirit returns to settle old scores -- and you do ''not'' want a spirit angry with you on New Year's Day. An-mei's mother ensures her daughter and son will be cared for.

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* HeroicSacrifice HeroicSacrifice, MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning, ThanatosGambit [[XMeetsY Meets]] MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: all meet]]: An-mei's mother, trapped into a horrific marriage to her rapist, commits suicide by poison, but does so two days before the new year. Folklore states that the third day after death is when a spirit returns to settle old scores -- and you do ''not'' want a spirit angry with you on New Year's Day. An-mei's mother ensures her daughter and son will be cared for.
6th Nov '15 12:45:43 PM MrInitialMan
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* StrongFamilyResemblance: "Together we look like our mother." [[Jing-Mei, finding her lost sisters.]]
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