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East-West Values and the Mother-daughter Relationship at The Joy Luck Club The dominant theme of The Joy Luck Club is that the clash between Chinese, Chinese cultures, and how it affects the connection between mothers and daughters. Each of the moms in the book were born and raised in China. All of their brothers were born and raised in the United States. Because of the differences in family traditions and values between the way the mothers had been raised in China and how their brothers had been growing up in America, there was bound to be a battle between the two generations. Probably the most striking case of how East-West conflicting traditions and values affected a mother-daughter connection was that of Suyuan Woo and her daughter, Jing-mei. After the book opens, Suyuan was dead for two months. Her son, who wants to call herself by the American title of "June" rather than her Chinese name, has been asked by her father to take her deceased mother's position. She had been to take Suyuan's place at a bar Suyuan began when she moved to America. June was to be the fourth part of this club, that was hosted in one of the member's homes each semester and the team played mahjong and given strength for each other in their transition into becoming Americanized. On the course of the upcoming few months, during the discussions and stories told by her mum's old friends at the mahjong table, June learns a great deal about her mom, and, finally, about herself too. One of the conflicts between East and West is clash between the challenging work Chairman of Asian parents and the easier-going criteria that Western parents have for their children. Watching a little Chinese girl playing the p.. .