The Joy Luck Club
Visions of America Quotes Page 4
How we cite our quotes:
"Religion, you must say you want to study religion," said this smart girl. "Americans all have different ideas about religion, so there are no right and wrong answers. Say to them, I’m going for God’s sake, and they will respect you." (IV.3.41)
There is no value judgment placed on this religious openness, but instead thoughts on how to utilize it to gain entry into the country and gain access to "American circumstances."
"But if he is not a citizen, you should immediately do number two. See here, you should have a baby. Boy or girl, it doesn’t matter in the United States. Neither will take care of you in your old age, isn’t that true?" And we both laughed. (IV.3.44)
Chinese people believe that American children don’t respect or take care of parents.
And then I saw another sign across the street. It was painted on the outside of a short building: "Save Today for Tomorrow, at Bank of America." And then I thought to myself, This is where American people worship. See, even then I was not so dumb! Today that church is the same size, but where that short bank used to be, now there is a tall building, fifty stories high, where you and your husband-to-be work and look down on everybody. (IV.3.50)
Lindo believes that Americans care more about money than about God.