The Joy Luck CLub

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The book, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, is a very inspirational book about four Chinese women and their four Chinese-American daughters. One of the stories in the book is called "Feathers from a Thousand Li Away", which talks about the lives of the mothers when they still lived in China during the war between China and Japan.

The mothers had to make tremendous sacrifices during this time in their life. For instance, Suyuan Woo was forced to eave her two twin baby girls on the side of the road. For forever she regretted ever making that choice, but it was a sacrifice that she had to make in order to safe all of their lives. Although, the she never reunited with the girls, she still wondered about their safety and where they were. Suyuan wasn't the only mother that had to make a sacrifice.

An-mei Hsu made sacrifices too, but in a different way than Suyuan.

When An-mei was a young child, her mother left her and her brother with An-mei's grandmother. Here she learned awful things about her mother and how she was a disgrace to the family. An-mei grew up believing this tale which led to a big fight when An-mei's mother came back to get her and her brother. This is where the interesting part comes in. A pot falls over An-mei which gives her a scar, which is what her name means. This also leads to the metaphor: "peel of that skin, and that of your mother, and her mother before her. Until then, there is nothing". Lindo's sacrifice though is also terrifying.

Lindo grew up in the agriculture part of China. Her family grew the things that kept China alive. From the time she was two-years-old, her parents already had her an arranged...