Today's prompt for #bookishtravels17 is #china. I actually went to China once for an afternoon when I lived in Hong Kong, but that hardly counts as a visit since all we did was go shopping.
Even though #amytan is an American writer, her books all focus on the experiences of Chinese immigrants and their families in America, so I thought they fit the category. I have read and enjoyed #thejoyluckclub and #thehundredsecretsenses but I haven't gotten around to #thekitchengodswife quite yet. Yet another book on my TBR ♀️ The doll and #dragon are both things I got when I lived in HK.
Re reading one of Amy Tan's book. This is my favorite one, because for me a good book is the book that makes me want to write again.
The Joy Luck Club is about mothers and their daughters and unspeakable messy relationship between them.
I found my mom and myself in this book. How different yet just the same person we are.
I was 11 when I found my mom's diary on our computer. She was trying to write about her childhood. But then she gave up and wrote about me instead.
She wrote that she wanted me to really get to know her and write for her because it's the only way the world would know and remember her.
When I accepted an opportunity from a publisher, she accompanied me to their office and pushed me to finish my debut. But I chose medschool, and she still more proud than me. Because that's what every mom does.
Now it's my turn to do what every daughter should do. I'm gonna show the world that I am proud of my mother too, more than she knows.
"I think about our two faces. I think about my intentions. Which one is American? Which one is Chinese? Which one is better? If you show one, you must always sacrifice the other.
It is like what happened when I went back to China last year, after I had not been there for almost forty years. I had taken off my fancy jewelry. I did not wear loud colors. I spoke with their language. I used their local money. But still, they knew. They knew my face was not one hundred percent Chinese. They still charge me high foreign prices. So now I think. What did I lose? What did I get back in return?" - THE JOYLUCK CLUB .
Over 20 years. Still relevant. Still true.