The joys and pains in the Joy Luck Club, like the red candle light or scarlet scar, linger in my memory but never ebb away. Although picture rolls of the two-fold culture and pluralistic dilemmas have engulfed my mind, I just could put down one word with irresistible impulse, WOMEN.
Women have three identities, grandma, mother and daughter, which entangle them with the indissoluble puzzle about themselves in the past and future. A daughter is bound to be a mother and then grandma, just like a train speeds up and heads for the next station. The vast shiny green expanse of field now cannot bring you the prediction of the the Gobi Desert no end in sight in the near future. That’s why the gap generated, that’s why June said“ I’m not your slave”, that’s why Aunt An-Mei understood the emancipation spirit of her mother and descended it to her daughter. Understanding between generations resembles redwine, which needs time to testify its mellowness.
Women have two status, junior and superior, which declare publicly the civilization level of a society. From my perspective, the progress of society has been accompanied by the swift of women’s status. In the Joy Luck Club, women in old China and in neue zeit of America, stretch long for centuries, struggle for their self-esteem. When Lindo determined to escape the unfortunate situation, when Ying-Ying took revenge by jugulating the last connection with the tyrant husband, when Lena left the illusive equity in search for respect, it’s the time for women’s disillusionment, as well as the dawn for the society.
Women have same name, human being, which helps them ease the collision of cultures in diversiform. I profoundly perceived that women are the needle which stitches on the cloth, and the Joy Luck Club is the grand carnival for exoticism and culture diversity. That heaven-reaching tower, Babel tower, flashes into my mind, and brought back memory of the mightiness that human being could be, provided we united. And I contend that the intercultural communication is the primary way to achieve unity, though the progress is mingled with sacrifice and wrench.
Silently, I meditate in the world lit up by the Joy Luck Club, as if I were smelling a fragrant flower. Wherever the sensation went, whatever was focused on by the screen was like unfolding one by one the beautiful picture rolls of the deep theme, the everdurimg theme——women.
The Joy Luck Club is a film based on the best selling novel by Amy Tan of the same name.
The Joy Luck Club firstly is a novel written by Amy Tan in1989. It focuses on four Chinese American immigrant families in San Francisco who start a club known as The Joy Luck Club, playing the Chinese game of mahjong for money while feasting on a variety of foods. The book is structured somewhat like a mahjong game, with four parts divided into four sections to create sixteen chapters.
This movie tells about the conflicts and love between four Chinese
immigrant mothers and their American-raised daughters. These mothers
acquainted themselves with each other by playing mahjong. They became
closed friends for their similar experiences and they called themselves
the Joy Luck Club.
The story shows us quite a few topics: the misunderstanding of love between the mothers and the daughters, the clash between the generations and cultures, and the struggle for the women to fight for equity. Now I am going to show you my understanding of them, emphasizing on the first topic.
The Joy Luck Club contains sixteen interwoven stories about conflicts between Chinese immigrant mothers and their American-raised daughters. The book hinges on Jing-mei’s trip to China to meet her half-sisters, twins Chwun Yu and Chwun Hwa. The half-sisters remained behind in China because Jing-mei’s mother, Suyuan, was forced to leave them on the roadside during her desperate flight from Japan’s invasion of Kweilin during World War II. Jing-mei was born to a different father years later, in America. Suyuan intended to return to China for her other daughters, but failed to find them before her death. Jing-mei has taken her mother’s place playing mahjong in a weekly gathering her mother had organized in China and revived in San Francisco: the Joy Luck Club. The club’s other members—Lindo, Ying-ying, and An-mei—are three of her mother’s oldest friends and fellow immigrants. They tell Jing-mei that just before Suyuan died, she had finally succeeded in locating the address of her lost daughters. The three women repeatedly urge Jing-mei to travel to China and tell her sisters about their mother’s life. But Jing-mei wonders whether she is capable of telling her mother’s story, and the three older women fear that Jing-mei’s doubts may be justified. They fear that their own daughters, like Jing-mei, may not know or appreciate the stories of their mothers’ lives.
In many cases, we and those we love are easy to hurt each other because of the misunderstanding of love.
The Joy Luck Club speaks to many women, mothers and grown daughters, about the persistent tensions and powerful bonds between generations and cultures. A crippling generation gap is the result: the mothers, superstitious, full of dread, always fearing bad luck, raise their daughters with hope that their lives will be better, but they also mourn the loss of a heritage their daughters cannot comprehend.
Let’s take June and her mother Suyuan as an example.After being
humiliated by a lack of talent for writing at the dinner,June had a
quarrel with her mother.She told her mother that she had always been
sorry for being so disappointing and her failure in living up to her
mother’s expectation made her feel like a real loser.Her mother
explained that she had never expected anything of June but only hoped
best for her. From Suyuan’s view,it’s not wrong to hope.However,the
daughter held an opposite opinion.
” Every time you hoped for something I couldn't deliver, it hurt.
It hurt me, Mommy.And no matter what you hope for...I'll never be more than what I am.And you never see that!What I really am.”
It’s obvious that June had taken her mother’s hope for her as burden rather than love.Daughters may do everything to please their mothers just because they love them .Each time when they fail to satisfy their mothers,they will feel really frustrated.Unfortunately,the power they have over their children are always neglected by the mothers.They are more willing to regard their hopes as love.
The misunderstanding of love is not only because of their differences in generation and cultural background ,which only serves as a carrier here,but simply because that they are mothers and daughters—there’s something essential in matters with the mother-daughter relationship, but even the misunderstanding of love,after all,is still a type of love.
At the very beginning of the movie, it tells a story about an old woman who bought a swan for a foolish sum and brought it to America.But when she arrived in the new country,the immigration officials pulled the swan away from her,leaving the woman only one swan feather for a memory. For a long time now, the woman had wanted to give her daughter the single swan feather and tell her, "This feather may look worthless...but it comes from afar and carries with it...all my good intentions."
The short story is a metaphor for the hope these four mothers had when they immigrated to America--that their daughters would be graceful,dignified and noble ladies just like swans. Meanwhile,the single swan feather symbolizes mothers’ hopes for their daughters of finding their own identity.
June tried in the end to live up to her mother’s hopes and expectations,and finally went to China to meet her twin sisters.When she met them,she brought them their mother’s hope and eventually found the best of herself.
View from the whole film, the title, the Joy Luck Club may also be the old generation’s hope of better life for the next generation ,just as the single swan feather,which carries all mothers’ best-cherished hopes for their daughters.