Mothers and Daughters in Amy Tan's The Kitchen God's Wife and The Joy Luck Club
Keywords:The Kitchen God's Wife, The Joy Luck Club, Chinese women, tradition, identity, race, stereotypes, struggle
The focus of this paper is the theme of ”Otherness” in Amy Tan’s novels The Kitchen God’s Wife and The Joy Luck Club. The paper discusses the characteristics of ”Otherness”, proposing four specific peculiarities: the Sino-American female identity following the tale of Pearl, the In-group and the Out-group concept, the place of women within a patriarchal society, and the special heterogeneity of society. It approaches the theme of Otherness between the American born daughter, Pearl Louie Brandt, and the mother, Winnie Louie, a Native Chinese. The paper underlies the alterity between the In-group (the Native Americans), and the Out-group (the Chinese). Last but not least, the paper deals with the spatial heterogeneity of society, another very important characteristic of “Otherness”.
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