Joy Luck Club By Any Ten

In the novel, The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, it tells of four Chinese women
drawn together in San Francisco to play mah jong, and tell stories of the past.

These four women and their families all lived in Chinatown and belong to the

First Chinese Baptist Church. They were not necessarily religious, but found
they could improve their home China. This is how the woo's, the Hsu's, the

Jong's and the St Clair's met in 1949. The first member of the Joy Luck Club to
die was Suyuan Woo. Her daughter, Jing-mei "June" Woo, is asked to sit
in and take her mother's place at playing mah jong. Memories of the past are
shared by the three women left, An-mei Hsu, Lindo Jong and Ying-ying St Clair.

June Woo learns of the real secret her mother carried to her grave from her
mother's friends. The twin baby girls, her half sisters, Suyuan pushed in a

Wheelbarrow as she escaped from the Japanese. Due to sickness, Suyuan can no
longer carry her babies, and is forced to leave them on the side of the road.

She lives her whole life not knowing if they are alive or dead. In the book, the

Woo's left for America to build a better life for themselves. Suyuan Woo wanted
to have a daughter like herself, and no one would look down on her. It was
important that she speak perfect English and hopefully not share in the same
tragedies and sorrows she had known. The movie brought this concept out very
vividly. You were able to imagine the time and place and the emotions of the
characters. Their anger in the early years, how women and children were treated
as possessions. The book spoke of Rose Hsu Jordan, daughter of An-mei Hsu, who
had seven brothers and sisters. A very tragic time in her life when her brother

Bing drowns at age 1 while she was in charge of watching him. The movie does not
touch upon this tragic event and brings out the rich family Rose marries into,
and the instant rejection from her boyfriends mother. Rose unhappiness in her
marriage with Tod, is similar to the unhappiness her mother had throughout her
life. Lindo Jong was a special character in the book , referring to promises she
made to her mother as a young girl, and keeping them throughout her life. She
was actually abandoned by her family and Lindo was sent to live with her future
husband's family. She never complained because she would never dishonor her
mother. The movie did an excellent job of showing us the culture during that
time in China and how the matchmaker arranged the marriages at an early age. She
is a very smart girl and figures out how she could get out of this marriage and
still keep her promise to her mother. She puts the blame on the matchmaker and
is released from the marriage. When speaking of strong characters in the book,
one would have to include Waverly Jong, daughter of Lindo Jong. She was a bright
child who became a famous chess player, which made her mother very proud. The
movie brought out her unhappiness in her life and the unhappy relationship with
her mother. The two shared similar lives even though they lived in different
countries and different times. Ying-ying St Clair, according to the book, was
married at an early age and referred to her husband as a "bad" man. In
fact she tried so hard to forget him she forgets his name. She tells of taking
her baby before it was born because of the hate she has for her husband. The
movie tells the story a little different in reference to her baby. After her
husband comes home with his mistress and causes her shame, she drowns her tiny
infant while bathing him. A tragic and emotional part in the movie. Lena St

Clair, daughter of Lindo St Clair, may not have had such a tragic relationship
with her husband as did her mother; but she was unable to find happiness in her
marriage. The book and movie were similar in showing us the relationship she had
with Harold. They were business partners also, but he made more money than she.

They shared everything right down the middle and kept a running journal. They
also decided not to have children which goes along with their relationship. In
the final conclusion, the twin baby girls did live and