Joy Luck Club – Chapter 12 Summary

Jing Mei talks about how a few months ago, her family had a dinner party at their house. Her mother took her grocery shopping for some crabs and Jing Mei tries to help by picking out one but it has a defect and the leg gone and her mother doesn’t want to buy it but the shopkeeper makes them buy it. When they have dinner, each of the mother’s give their children the best and Jing Mei’s mother doesn’t eat hers because it was dead before she cooked it so she thinks it’s bad. Jing Mei doesn’t see the difference and offers to switch with her mother but her mother insists she eat the good one. She doesn’t really understand her mother and in the end, she learns that her mother did this because this is the way Chinese mothers show their love towards their children.