The Joy Luck Club is a story about four Chinese friends and their daughters. It tells the story of the mother's struggles in China and their acceptance in America, and the daughter's struggles of finding themselves as Chinese-Americans. The movie starts off with a story about a swan feather, and how it was brought over with only good intentions. Then the movie goes on, the setting is at a party for June the daughter of Suyuan. Suyuan has just past away about four months ago, and her mother's friends have found her long lost daughters. But it is too late for her to go see them so they tell June, about it and they arrange a meeting for her in China. The party is a going away party for June's trip to China. At the party June realizes that she was expected to take the place of her mother at the mahjong table. June sat at the East where it all starts "The Joy Luck Club". The Joy Luck club was a weekly meeting of the best friends, were they talked about their hopes for their daughters and there stories of the past.
Chinese and Americans are very different, right? (Chinese and American are different in their perspective for the "family") The Chinese believe that the family is more important than the Individual. Americans don't conform to the family.
The difference between Chinese and American cultures also reflects in the roles women play in the society. In traditional Chinese culture, women are subservient to men, ancestors are worshipped, and baby boys are precious while baby girls are a burden. These ideals were true of people living in their native country, China. Some of these values or views came with immigrants who immigrated to the United States. In traditional Chinese culture most marriages are arranged; the groom's family usually .
buys the bride. Women are taught to stay in the kitchen and to obey and take commands from the husband. In the movie The Joy Luck Club, Aunt Lindo is sold to a family when she is only four years old: when she goes to the family, she is fifteen.