History Literature / TheJoyLuckClub

26th Apr '17 4:46:06 PM Angeldeb82
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* ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld: When Suyuan scolds little June for playing the piano badly, she tries telling the little girl that there are "Only two kinds of daughter: obedient or follow-own-mind. Only one kind of daughter could live in this house: obedient kind."
25th Apr '17 3:38:18 PM Angeldeb82
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* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Ted in the film is depicted as redeemable, thus [[spoiler: being attentive enough to save his marriage with Rose.]] Harold is a more blatant emotional abuser in the film, whereas the book counterpart is just unintentionally condescending.

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* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Ted in the film is depicted as redeemable, thus [[spoiler: being attentive enough to save his marriage with Rose.]] Rose]]. Harold is a more blatant emotional abuser in the film, whereas the book counterpart is just unintentionally condescending.



* ArtisticLicenseBiology: (InUniverse) Lindo's mother-in-law cannot understand why her son hasn't [[IWantGrandkids sired any children yet.]] It's because he hasn't hit puberty; in other words, he's ''physically too young'' to be a father.
* ArtisticLicenseMusic: At the end of the section Two Kinds, she mentions playing two songs from Robert Schumann's ''Scenes from Childhood'', ''Pleading Child'' and ''Perfectly Contented'', thereafter realizing that the two songs are actually two halves of the same song. The two songs, actually known as ''Bittendes Kind'' and ''Glückes genug'', are actually separate songs from the same book, ''Kinderszenen'', only that they are beside each other. At least the German names were translated into the English names properly.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: (InUniverse) Lindo's mother-in-law cannot understand why her son hasn't [[IWantGrandkids sired any children yet.]] yet]]. It's because he hasn't hit puberty; in other words, he's ''physically too young'' to be a father.
* ArtisticLicenseMusic: At the end of the section Two Kinds, she mentions playing two songs from Robert Schumann's ''Scenes from Childhood'', ''Pleading Child'' and ''Perfectly Contented'', thereafter realizing that the two songs are actually two halves of the same song. The two songs, actually known as ''Bittendes Kind'' and ''Glückes genug'', are actually separate songs from the same book, ''Kinderszenen'', only that they are beside each other. At least the German names were translated into the English names properly.


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* PublicDomainSoundtrack: While the novel mentions Music/RobertSchumann and his ''Kindersczenen'' as the piano piece that June was playing badly as a child, the film adaptation replaces it with "Humoresque Opus 101 No. 7" by Music/AntoninDvorak, which the child June messes up on at the piano.
25th Nov '16 11:05:17 PM CarolC
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: This is more emphasized in the film version with Waverly. In the book, although she outgrows her petty rivalry with June in adulthood, she does compliment June for her writing work but tries to explain to her what didn't work out about it and unintentionally opens June's emotional wounds (due to this scene being told in June's point-of-view, Waverly is never aware of this). In the film version, the same scene happens, but the framing device shows that June and Waverly are on better terms and Waverly sincerely wishes June well in meeting her long-lost family.



* RedFlag: In the book, the first sign that Ted is a terrible person is when Rose tells him about his mother's racist statements and he's more angry at Rose for not standing up for herself than his mother's racism. Due to his [[LighterAndSofter nicer]] portrayal in the movie, he present when said racism is directed at Rose and rightfully calls his mother out.

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* RedFlag: In the book, the first sign that Ted is a terrible person is when Rose tells him about his mother's racist statements and he's more angry at Rose for not standing up for herself than at his mother's racism. Due Notably, due to his [[LighterAndSofter nicer]] and redeemable portrayal in the movie, he is present when said racism is directed at Rose and he rightfully calls his mother out.
25th Nov '16 10:57:58 PM CarolC
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* ExtremeDoormat: Tan makes it pretty clear on just how terrible the consequences can be if a woman acts as such.

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* ExtremeDoormat: Tan makes it pretty clear on just how terrible the consequences can be if a woman acts as such and the book is quite critical of a culture that encourages such.



* PrecisionFStrike: In the film adaptation, Ted gives this to his own mother after she makes remarks towards Rose.

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* PrecisionFStrike: In the film adaptation, Ted gives this to his own mother after she makes remarks towards Rose. Likewise, Rose later gives Ted this when calling out on his emotional neglect of her.


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* RedFlag: In the book, the first sign that Ted is a terrible person is when Rose tells him about his mother's racist statements and he's more angry at Rose for not standing up for herself than his mother's racism. Due to his [[LighterAndSofter nicer]] portrayal in the movie, he present when said racism is directed at Rose and rightfully calls his mother out.
30th Oct '16 2:45:09 PM berenike
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* LoveMartyr: Rose's believes that her submissive respects her husband Ted. Of course, she outgrows this mindset.

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* LoveMartyr: Rose's believes that her submissive submissiveness respects her husband Ted. Of course, she outgrows this mindset.
30th Oct '16 1:47:37 PM berenike
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* BrokenBird: Young An-Mei, An-Mei's mother, Ying-ying.

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* BrokenBird: Young An-Mei, An-Mei's Lena's mother, Ying-ying.
18th Sep '16 6:16:16 AM creader
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* BreakTheCutie[=/=]BreakTheHaughty: Varying cases through all of the characters.

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* BreakTheCutie[=/=]BreakTheHaughty: BreakTheCutie: Varying cases between this and BreakTheHaughty through all of the characters.



* HeroicSacrifice, MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning, ThanatosGambit [[XMeetsY 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.


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* 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.
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.
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