© 2015 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club


Amy Tan

 Table of Contents

The Joy Luck Club Characters

Meet the Cast

The Mothers: Suyuan Woo, An-mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, and Ying-ying St. Clair

When all four of these women arrived in America, they carried a lot of emotional baggage: Suyuan had abandoned her twin daughters, An-mei’s mother committed suicide in order to give her daugh...

Suyuan Woo

One of our first introductions to Suyuan is as the founder of the Joy Luck Club, or rather, two Joy Luck Clubs. In both China and America, Suyuan starts the club in order to bring together a commun...

An-mei Hsu

More than any of the other Joy Luck Club women, An-mei believes that your mother is "in your bones." She views the mother-daughter relationship as extremely corporeal (that basically means centered...

Lindo Jong

Lindo is one tough, tricky woman. Her primary character trait might just be craftiness. She managed to free herself honorably (and deviously) from a horrible marriage, staying true to both herself...

Ying-ying St. Clair

Ying-ying is Lena’s mother and a self-proclaimed ghost – but she wasn’t always this way. Through her narrated flashbacks, we see how she evolved from a free-spirited, proud, talka...

The Daughters

No matter how old the daughters are, they often seem like confused, rebellious teenagers – they’re trying to find out who they are. What complicates their lives, however, are their quir...

Jing-mei (June) Woo

When she was little, Jing-mei was adamant about asserting her right to fall short of expectations and just be who she was. We call this method "shooting yourself in the foot." Jing-mei herself admi...

Waverly Jong

Waverly is really smart (child prodigy at chess) and can also be really snobby. She says to Jing-mei, and we quote: "You’re not a genius like me." At least she also admits to being petty. Ult...

Rose Hsu Jordan

Rose is very passive. She liked playing victim to her husband’s hero, but then her husband got tired of their roles and asked for a divorce. She refuses to take any responsibility or make any...

Lena St. Clair

Lena’s marriage is a balance sheet. No, really. She and her husband owe each other money, keep track of what they spend, and "split everything down the middle." It’s ostensibly to keep...
Noodle's College Search
Noodle's College Search