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Tan, June and Suyuan weren?t always on best terms. As a young girl June, like many kids her age, felt that her mother didn?t appreciate her for who she was, and through various useless tasks wanted her to become something more. On pg. 153 June expresses her feelings about not wanting to play the piano: ?You want me to be someone that I?m not! I?ll never be the kind of daughter you want me to be!? to which Suyuan exclaims in Chinese ?Only two kinds of daughters, those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind! Only one kind of daughter can live in this house. Obedient daughter!? This argument ends with June shouting ?Than I wish I wasn?t your daughter. I wish you weren?t my mother!? We come across more tension on pr. 27, when June recalls a conversation she had with her

mother about not wanting to go back to school. ?Somewhere back, maybe just six months ago, we were again having this argument about my being a failure, a ?college drop-off.? Although all this information seemed very sufficient, I didn?t find it convincing enough to make the connection between Tan and June until I came across another similarity between the two in HER HERITAGE: A Biographical Encyclopedia of Famous American Women: In 1987, at the age of 35, Tan and her mother go on a trip to China, Tans first trip that is. And as you might have already guessed, at the end of the book, June, also at the age of 35, accompanied by her father, takes her first trip to China to find her sisters and rediscover her self (pg37). As we are presented with these facts we cannot ignore the

parallelism between the lives of Amy Tan and the fictional character of June. Although all the characters of The Joy Luck Club have something in common with their creator, the similarities of June and Tan are impossible to overlook. Bibliography BIBLIOGRAHPY THE JOY LUCK CLUB Published by Ballantine Books Copyright 1989 by Amy Tan FEMENIST STUDIES Vol.19, No.3 Copyright Fall 1998 HER HERITAGE: A Biographical Encyclopedia of Famous American Women Copyright 1995 by Robert McHenry