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The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

by Amy Tan

Visions of America Quotes

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Quote #1

On her journey she cooed to the swan: "In America I will have a daughter just like me. But over there nobody will say her worth is measured by the loudness of her husband’s belch. Over there nobody will look down on her, because I will make her speak only perfect American English." (I.Prologue.2)

America represents a chance for this woman to, through her daughter, essentially start over.

Quote #2

I watched this same movie when you did not come. The American soldier promises to come back and marry the girl. She is crying with genuine feeling and he says, "Promise! Promise! Honey-sweetheart, my promise is as good as gold." Then he pushes her onto the bed. But he doesn’t come back. His gold is like yours, only fourteen carats.

To Chinese people, fourteen carats isn’t real gold. Feel my bracelets. They must be twenty-four carats, pure inside and out. (I.3.2)

According to Lindo, Americans don’t understand commitment.

Quote #3

"Chinese people do many things," she said simply. "Chinese people do business, do medicine, do painting. Not lazy like American people. We do torture. Best torture." (II.1.10)

Even if Lindo doesn’t know what torture means, she’s still totally willing to assert that Chinese people do it better than Americans. But is she asserting pride or contempt here?

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