The War Within a War Since the Second Sino-Japanese War is a huge part of Suyuan's story, reminding ourselves of what that war was about and how it related to World War II can be helpful in our reading of Suyuan. This guide summarizes World War II and also links to an excellent overview of the Japanese effort to conquer China. Read on, brave Shmoopers.
Immigration and Asian Americans A historical understanding of the immigration laws that limited the flow of Asian Americans into the country can help us understand the feeling of foreignness that some of the characters experience in The Joy Luck Club. Take a look at this unit on immigration laws for a review of what happened.