The Joy Luck Club By Amy Tan Essay

1485 Words Oct 4th, 2015 6 Pages
Cultural and historical understanding can easily be lost between generations as time goes on. The Joy Luck Club is a novel written by Amy Tan about the stories of Chinese-American mothers and daughters who have many misunderstandings throughout their lives. The mothers having very different childhoods, opportunities and struggles than their daughters, causes this. Changes in language, culture, and lack of communication leads to many misunderstandings between characters in the story. Understanding deteriorates as years pass and situations change.
Changes in language cause major gaps in understanding between a mother and a daughter. Because of language, Waverly accidently insults her mother by not knowing her past.
"I guess we 've evolved to just winning in the toy and electronics market," I said.
"How do you know this?" she said eagerly.
"You see it on everything. Made in Taiwan."
"Ai!" she cried loudly. "I 'm not from Taiwan!"
And just like that, the fragile connection we were starting to build snapped. "I was born in China, in Taijuan," she said. "Taiwan is not China"(Tan 202-203).
Because of language and pronunciation, Waverly does not even accurately know where her mother was born. She thinks her mother was born in Taiwan, not Taijuan these places are not even in the same country. Lack of communication has caused a very deep misunderstanding about Waverly’s family history and culture. Language can go even deeper than just simple misunderstandings, it can cause great…

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