History Literature / TheJoyLuckClub

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.]]
6th Nov '15 12:41:34 PM MrInitialMan
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* JerkWithHeartOfJerk: Rose grows to realize that Ted is self-centered, often blames the brunt of his issues on her, and ultimately tries to kick her out of her house, expecting her to react well to the news of his cheating and divorce.
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* JerkWithHeartOfJerk: JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Rose grows to realize that Ted is self-centered, often blames the brunt of his issues on her, and ultimately tries to kick her out of her house, expecting her to react well to the news of his cheating and divorce.
9th Jul '15 12:47:03 PM CarolC
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* DefiledForever: An-mei's widowed mother is raped by a strange man, and is then forced to marry him because she is considered defiled.
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* DefiledForever: An-mei's widowed mother is raped by a strange man, and is then forced to marry him because she is considered defiled. Even worse, the Second Wife spreads a rumor that the intercourse was ''consensual.''

* DrivenToSuicide: Well... it's a long story in the case of An-Mei's mother.
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* DrivenToSuicide: DrivenToSuicide: ** Second Wife fakes these constantly to gain the favor of her superstitious husband. ** Well... it's a long story in the case of An-Mei's mother.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Well... it's a long story in JerkWithHeartOfJerk: Rose grows to realize that Ted is self-centered, often blames the case brunt of An-Mei's mother.his issues on her, and ultimately tries to kick her out of her house, expecting her to react well to the news of his cheating and divorce.
19th May '15 5:25:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[WellDoneSonGuy "Well Done, Daughter" Girl]]: Waverly and Jing-Mei feel this about their mothers, who constantly compared each of their daughters to the other's.
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* [[WellDoneSonGuy "Well Done, Daughter" Girl]]: WellDoneSonGuy: Waverly and Jing-Mei feel this about their mothers, who constantly compared each of their daughters to the other's.

* [[YouKnowWhatTheySayAboutX You Know What They Say About Asians]]: Again implied by Mrs Jordan to Rose.
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* [[YouKnowWhatTheySayAboutX You Know What They Say About Asians]]: YouKnowWhatTheySayAboutX: Again implied by Mrs Jordan to Rose.
19th May '15 5:24:53 AM Morgenthaler
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Not a trope.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: Most prominent in Suyuan's story.
7th Jan '15 11:19:48 AM CarolC
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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.
29th Dec '14 12:47:44 PM creader
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* RoundedCharacter: A specifically-praised aspect of the novel is that it was among the most prominent to portray Chinese-American women as such.
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