“Joy Luck Club” is a book about the Chinese American. Inside the book, the author wrote about some traditions of a Chinese family. For example the Shim-pua marriage, concubinage extra. This is a quotation of Jing-mei Woo’s mother. (Jing-mei Woo is one of the Chinese American children in the book.)
‘It’s not that we had no heart of eyes for pain. We were all afraid. We all had our miseries. But to despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable. How much can you wish for a favorite warm coat that hangs in the closet of a house that burned down with your mother and father inside of it? How long can you see in your mind arms and legs hanging from telephone wires and starving dogs running down the streets with half-chewed hands dangling from their jaws? What was worse, we asked among ourselves, to sit and wait for our own deaths with proper somber faces? Or to choose our own happiness?’
I like this quotation because my grandparents experienced the war Jing-mei Woo’s mother did. I myself like Jing-mei Woo was told by our parents how lucky they were, to get away from the war. The only difference was that my grandparent went to Taiwan. From Amy Tan’s book, I remembered the stories my grandparents told me. Those stories are very important to me, furthermore, they tell me who i am.