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- Amy Tan was born in 1952, in Oakland, California to Chinese immigrants John and Daisy Tan. Her family eventually settled in Santa Clara. When Tan was in her early teens, her father and one of her brothers died of brain tumors within months of each other.
- The only difference between them is that all men know, if they turn their minds to it, that without food they would die, and comparatively few people know that without poetry they would die. When trying to explain anything, I usually find that the Bible, that great collection of magnificent and varied poetry, has said it before in the best possible way.
- In the past few weeks, I have been reading The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Suyuan Woo and her daughter June are the main characters mentioned in this essay. While reading the novel, Amy Tan has demonstrated the mother and daughters attempt to articulate their concerns of the past, present, and intentions of themselves which will affect them later on.
- Amy Tan is an author who uses the theme of Chinese-American life, focusing mainly on mother-daughter relationships, where the mother is an immigrant from China and the daughter is a thoroughly Americanized –yellow on the surface and white underneath. In her book, the mother tries to convey their rich history and legacy to her daughter, who is almost completely ignorant of their heritage, while the daughter attempts to understand her hopelessly old- fashioned mother, who now seems to harbor a secret wisdom, who, in the end, is right about everything all along.
- This story takes place in St. Petersburg, Missouri, in the mid-1800’s. The main problem in this story is the many ways which Tom tries to avoid Injun Joe because as a witness to the murder of Dr. Robinson, Injun Joe is trying to kill Tom. Tom also has to deal with being punished on a Saturday when he could be out playing.
- The film and book, The Joy Luck Club, directed by Wayne Wang and written by Amy Tan, respectively, although still depressing at times was a nice departure from the blunt death and destruction featured in the works we discussed the first half of the semester.
- “I just paint things I always thought were beautiful, things you use every day and never think about? I just do it because I like it. (Beckris 110) I just do it because I like it is Andy?s philosophy on life. Andy might just be the most interesting and and at the same time the most confusing individual you will ever read about.
- The Chen family lived on a simple farm in Kansas in the late 1920 s; they grew corn and wheat and made a living off that. A few years past and the Stock market had crashed on Black Tuesday, October 24th, 1929(www.amatecon.com/gdtimeline.html). The Great Depression was setting in, and the Dustbowl hit in 1935(Garraty 57) all across the central part of the United States causing dust to be blown everywhere.
- His character does not change within the novel. He remains a selfish, fat, Englishman who is quick to anger, is willing to cheat on his wife whenever possible and drinks heavily. Thus he considered a round, fully developed, but static character.
- The protagonist Amy Tan, in the short story “Two Kinds” is a character that evolves and undergoes a lot of phases throughout the story to finally come to a point where she is happy and independent. At the beginning of the story Amy seems to be a happy and obedient little girl that agrees with everything her mom tells her.
- People will face a lot of difficulty, when they learn a language that is not his first language. One of the big obstacles is that there is a culture gap that makes the language is even more difficult to learn. The essays Hunger of memory and Mother Tongue contain good and bad examples on how to learn a new language.
- Many kids complain about their parents. I hear it all the time from all kinds of kids who come from all sorts of different backgrounds. It seems in the world today parents get all the negative attention, and it seems like all the good they do go unnoticed by the public.
- BOOKS: The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (New York: Knopf, 1976; London: John Lane, 1977); China Men (New York: Knopf, 1980); Hawaii One Summer: 1978 (San Francisco: Meadow Press, 1987); Through the Black Curtain (Berkeley: Friends of the Bancroft Library, University of California, 1987); Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book (New York: Knopf, 1989).
- My group consisted of four other members-Chris, Dan, Brian, and Amy. When we were first introduced to the idea of a small group project we knew that our presentation had to entertain the audience, and at the same time inform them. At that point, we were functioning as individuals.
- A Conflict of Culture The Joy Luck Club is a novel written by Amy Tan. This novel happens to be Tan’s most widely read piece of work as well as her first published book. This one book has been nominated for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award as well as the recipient of the Commonwealth Gold Award and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award.
- The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, is a powerful portrayalThe Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, is a powerful portrayal of four Chinese women and the lives of their children in America. The book discusses the conflicting cultures between the United States and China, and how men treat women throughout their lives.
- A majority of parents and children today have disagreements on what the child should do. For example, parents have an idea where they want their children to attend college. The child might want to attend a totally different college. Most of the time the parents input is not appreciated until the child is an adult.
- Pulp Fiction, a film directed by Quentin Tarantino was released in 1994. The film won the Academy award for Best Original Screenplay and the Palme d’Or at Cannes. The film is three days in the lives of two Los Angeles gangsters, Vincent Vega played by John Travolta and Jules Winfield played by Samuel L.
- Several years ago, America was taught to be a ‘melting pot,’ a place where immigrants of different cultures or races form an integrated society, but now America is more of a ‘salad bowl’ where instead of forming an incorporated entity the people who make up the bowl are unwilling to unite as one.
- hildren growing up without a care in the world, we cannot comprehend why authority figures dictate how we should behave In “Two Kinds”, the daughter is expected to be a child prodigy because her mother believes “you can be anything you want in America” The mother sees other children with amazing tal