Amy Tan 's The Joy Luck Club Essay

777 Words Sep 12th, 2016 4 Pages
Immigrants Language In the essay “Mother Tongue,” Amy Tan describes an important realization she had In 1989. Conducting a symposium in San Francisco where she discussed her well-known book “The Joy Luck Club.” This symposium was the first time that her mother was part of her audience. Not until then, Tan realizes that the academic English she is using to address the audience is different than the one she uses with her mother. Tan’s essay describes the exploration of languages and how it can be part of our identity. Tan begins her story by stating, “ I am not a scholar of English or literature” (633). Meaning, she is not a linguistic or literary critic; she can only provide her opinion about language and its variations in this country or others. “ I am fascinated by language in daily life” (633) Tan’s describes one of her delights as a writer. She explains that one time while walking down the street with her husband and mother, discussing the price of furniture with her mother, Tan notices the English she is using with her mother. Tan hears herself saying “Not waste money that way” (634). Catching the way she speaks to her mother, and not getting any objections or comments from her husband about the way she talks to her mother, Tan recognizes that after twenty years of marriage, her husband has adapted to her mother 's English.Tan states, “it has become our language of intimacy” a different kind of language that relates to family talk, expressing the style with she…

Related Documents