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The Joy Luck Club Study Guide

by Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club study guide contains a biography of Amy Tan, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

As early as Amy Tan's dedication to her mother and grandmother, it is clear that The Joy Luck Club is a tribute to intergenerational and intercultural connections. Tan writes: "To my mother / and the memory of her mother / You asked me once / what I would remember. / This, and much more." In dedicating her novel this way, Tan both personalizes and universalizes it. She writes for her own readers--all, that is, who understand the special bonds between women. The Joy Luck Club is set primarily in modern-day San Francisco's Chinatown, but much of it occurs in the form of flashbacks to the mothers' lives in China. As a result, we become familiar with three different times and venues: China, where the mothers grew up, contemporary San Francisco…

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