Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club" Book Review by Jay Writtings LLC

Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club"
Looks a parenting styles as presented in Amy Tan's story 'Two Kinds' from her book "The Joy Luck Club".
# 117826 | 1,715 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2009 | US


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Description:

This paper uses Amy Tan's story "Two Kinds" to explore parenting styles. The paper first explains that, in the story 'Two Kinds', included in Amy Tan's book "The Joy Luck Club", the character of Jing-mei defies her mother's domineering desire to force her to become a musical prodigy in order to compete with one of her friend's daughter Waverly. The paper then takes a look at literature about raising gifted children and about child rearing in the Asian culture. The paper concludes that, as with Amy Tan's characters, Waverly and her mother, parents should praise and encourage goal setting. In addition, parents must not push too hard but rather listen to the desires of their children so that they can become independent and socially happy.

From the Paper:

"Even though twenty years have passed since this childhood struggle, Jing-mei, the narrator of the story, still grapples with her mother's overbearing domination. The two mothers in the story are determined to make the girls excel out of their own prideful motivations. But the two mothers represent two styles of parenting. Whereas Waverly basks in her mother's praise and succeeds at the piano recital, Jing-mei performs poorly and combats her mother's brow-beating through rebellion."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gleick, Elizabeth. "Every Kid A Star." Time in Partnership with CNN. 16 April2008. <www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,984439,00.html>.
  • Hollandsworth, Skip. "Adkins Family Values." Texas Monthly 22.n8. August 1994:84(8). General Reference Center Gold. Gale. Carlsbad City Library. 16 Apr. 2008 <http://find.galegroup.com/itx/start.do?prodId=GRGM>.
  • "Parenting Styles and Childhood Shyness." USA Today. 129.2672 (May 2001): 9. General Reference Center Gold. Gale. Carlsbad City Library. 16 Apr. 2008 <http://find.galegroup.com/itx/start.do?prodId=GRGM>.
  • "Parenting Styles that Nurture Independence and Self-Direction." Gifted Child Today 26.2 Spring 2003: 7(2). General Reference Center Gold. Gale. Carlsbad City Library. 16 Apr. 2008 <http://find.galegroup.com/itx/start.do?prodId=GRGM>.
  • "Raising Bright Children in a Busy World: Life in the Fast Brain: Keeping Up With Gifted Minds." Gifted Child Today 31.2 Spring 2008: 39(1). General Reference Center Gold. Gale. Carlsbad City Library. 16 Apr. 2008 <http://find.galegroup.com/ itx/start.do?prodId=GRGM>.

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