Cultural Difference Between First And Second Generation In Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

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The cultural difference between first and second generation is a common problem in immigration family and many people don 't know how to solve it. Many second generation feel that they don 't have connection with their own culture and they also think that their parent don 't understand them. Amy Tan 's The Joy Luck Club is a novel focuses on Chinese American Immigration families. It describes the cultural difference between first and second generations and talks about the family relationship in Chinese American families. The Joy Luck Club uses 4 Chinese American immigrant families to shows how they achieve their American dream and how their second generation find the balance between American culture and their own Chinese culture. The book …show more content…
The second generation like Waverly Jong and June Woo receive the western education in school and they always want to make the choices by themselves and choose their own way instead of follow their mom 's advises. Waverly Jong was a chess genius when she was a teenager. However, Her mom keep forcing her to practice chess during her free time and requires her to win all tournaments. The pressure makes Waverly hates playing chess and she finally decide to stop playing chess. The author has described how Waverly mom (Lindo) teaches her daughter to play chess and how she gives the pressure to her daughter in the book. Amy Tan …show more content…
The quote tells us that Waverly can 't play in the park or visit her friend 's home. She only can go to school and directly back home to learn chess skills and do practice on it. She feels a lot of pressure from her mom since Lindo always stand over her while she is doing practice and she will sigh if Waverly makes a mistake. This habit brings a lot of pressure to Waverly and let her scares of making mistakes during the game. The book also talks about how Lindo made some concessions to allow Waverly to practice. She doesn 't need Waverly to do housework and she only cooks the dishes that Waverly like. She hopes it can help her daughter win more tournaments and she believes the her daughter 's success on chess can help her wins more respect from other people. One of the main reasons why Lindo always requests her daughter to be the best one is because of she doesn 't get respect from other people. She always has the sense of inferiority in United States since she can 't speak English well and only do some bottom works. She hopes her daughter can be successful and help her to gain respects from other people and achieves the American dream. The sense of inferiority cause her tries to teach her daughter under the Chinese style education and always push her daughter to become one of the top students in school. However, the second generation like Waverly Jong doesn

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