by going to China, but by telling her mother's story. When Popo is dying, An-mei's mother returns. Her physical sacrifice of her own flesh symbolizes how visceral is any sacrifice made for one's mother, because if one were to try to excise one's mother from oneself, one might as well cut off one's flesh. In the same vein, no matter how deeply she scars her own arm, An-mei's mother can heal neither An-mei's physical scar nor her emotional scars. Now the daughter must become "more than was hoped for" or have failed her mother. Then he left to fight, because he was a member of the Kuomintang. The men talk about stocks while the women play Mah Jong and gossip.
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They're intelligent, complicated women whose lives are made even more complicated by the fact that they live at the intersection of different languages and cultures. This meant enduring terrible humiliation, but she understood that she owed this to Popo. Tan's Chinese parents wanted Americanized children but expected them to think like Chinese.
The feather represents the swan, but one cannot possibly understand a swan by examining a single feather. Jing-meis aunties assign her the task of telling her twin sisters about the mother they never knew. Cite This Source, bACK, nEXT, how It All Goes Down, we're going to be honest here: there's way too much going. She cuts a piece of flesh from her own arm to make Popo a curative soup. Readers also love The Joy Luck Club: women of all ages identify with Tan's characters and their conflicts with their families, while men have an opportunity through this novel to better understand their own behaviors towards women. The only problem is, Jing-mei feels like she never really knew her own mother. All she could save of it was a feather.