"The Joy Luck Club" © P.A.J.J (Two Kinds (Topics (…
"The Joy Luck Club" © P.A.J.J
Rules of the Game
Waverly Jong lives in Chinatown
"We lived in San Francisco's Chinatown" (Tan 89), "We lived on 'Waverly Place'" (89)
"...while walking home from school, I detoured through the playground at the end of our alley" (95)
Ping Yuen Fish Market
"Farther down the street was Ping Yuen Market." (90)
Waverly lives near the Fish Market
The Brothers, Vincent and Winston
Waverly description of her brothers
My brothers had deaf ears. They were already lining up the dress pieces and reading from the dog-eared instruction book (Tan 93)
The brothers don't care about their mom's instruction and do whatever they want. It shows the every-day life of the family.
Waverly's dad is a normal dad.
"I would listen as my father got ready for work, then locked the door behind him, one-two-three clicks." (Tan 90)
The father works a job to get money. This shows that Waverly's dad is a normal working dad.
Waverly is sometimes a troublesome girl.
"I shouted, 'Guts and duck's feet and octopus gizzards!" (tan 91)
The evidence shows that Waverly plays pranks from time to time. It shows that she can be a bother sometimes, like an average girl.
Waverly's mother, Lindo Jong
She seems like a wise mom.
"Wise guy, he not go against wind. In Chinese we say, Come from South, blow with wind--poom!--North will follow. Strongest wind cannot be seen."
The strongest strength is not strength itself, but to be able to cope with everything.
Plays chess vs. brothers
Waverly vs. Lau Po
Studies chess on her own
Lau Po ask Lindo to let her daughter to join the chess tournament.
"I attended more tournaments...I won all games, in all divisions" (Tan 97)
Waverly studies chess and now she has participated in chess torments.
Waverly's mother, Lindo
"'This my daughter Wave-ly Jong,' she said to who ever looked her way." (Tan 99)
Lindo was proud of her daughter and wants to show everyone that here daughter is good at chess.
"...not looking back as my mother screamed shrilly, 'Meimei! Meimei!'" (Tan 99)
"Aiii-ya. So shame be with mother?"..."It's not that, its just so obvious. It's just so embarrassing."..."Embarrass you be my daughter?"..."That's not what I meant. That's not what I said"..."What you say?" (Tan 99)
Good at chess
"Boy, are you in trouble" (Tan 100)
Vincent is expressing how much that Waverly is in trouble, because she ran away.
Jing-Mei's mother wants her to be a prodigy
Bragging to Lindo Jong/Complaining about their daughters
Jing-Mei starts playing the piano
Jing-Mei just got
at the competition
Jing-Mei doesn't want to play the piano anymore.
Her mom tries to carry her off.
Her mom returns the piano
She sent a tuner to tune the piano
"Last week I sent a tuner over to my parents' apartment and had the piano reconditioned, for purely sentimental reasons. My mother had died a few months before and I had been getting things in order for my father, a little bit at a time."
"After looking at the music book again and trying the song next to the song she played, she found out that both "Pleading Child" and "Perfectly Contented" were two parts of the same piece" (Tan 144)
Even though Jing Mei has given up on herself her mom still doesn't give up on her.
""well, I probably can't play anymore," I said "It's been years." "You pick up fast," said my mother, as if she knew this was certain "You have natural talent. You could been genius if you wanted to."" (143)
This shows that Jing Mei doesn't think that she can be anything but herself but her mother doesn't give up on her and thinks that she could be anything.
Don't be what you are not.
Don't create expectations that you can't meet.
"Why don't you like me the way I am? I'm
a genius!" (136)
"All I knew was the capital of California, because Sacramento was the name of the street we lived on in Chinatown" (Tan 134)
San Francisco's Chinatown
"...who lived on the first floor of our apartment building... weekly lessons and a piano for me to practice on every day." (Tan 136)
"You can be best anything" (Tan 132)
Forgives Jing-Mei, ""she offered to give me the piano, for my thirtieth birthday." (Tan 143)
Ignores trying to make her daughter better at piano, "For after our struggle at the piano, she never mentioned my playing again. The lessons stopped." (Tan 143)
Jing-mei "June" Woo
"The girl staring back at me was angry, powerful. This girl and I were the same." (Tan 134)
"I won't let her change me, I promised myself, I won't be what I'm not" (Tan 134)
"'I wish I were dead! Like them.'" (Tan 142)
"I didn't have to do what my mother said anymore. I wasn't her slave. This wasn't China." (Tan 141)
I didn't get straight A's. I didn't become class president. I didn't get into Stanford. I dropped out of college. (142)
The way the piano had the songs, from "Pleading Child" and "Perfectly Contented", is like how Jing-Mei lived her life. (144)
Mr. Chong (Old Chong)
He was Deaf "Like Beethoven" (Tan 137)
"Mr. Chong was a retired piano teacher and my mother had traded housecleaning services for weekly lessons and a piano for me to practice on everyday," (Tan 136)