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The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

by Amy Tan

Food

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

The women of the Joy Luck Club feast every week in order to forget their sorrow. Waverly describes cooking as "how my mother expressed her love, her pride, her power, her proof that she knew more than Auntie Su." Similarly, Jing-mei says that Chinese mothers show their love "not through hugs and kisses but with stern offerings of steamed dumplings, duck’s gizzards, and crab." Basic takeaway here? Food = love. Food = hope. Food = happiness.

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