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The Joy Luck Club

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Evelina Pooriler Critical Listening Self-assessment #1 The Joy Luck Club is about the experiences of four women who emigrated from China to the United States. Each woman's story contains horrendous experiences in China and shows how those experiences affected their relationships with their America born daughters. This movie shows us something about the culture and history of China in the early 20th Century focusing on the mistreatment of women. It also explores the relationships that Asian-American women have with their mothers and the relationships between girls and their mothers in general. The first scene was about a girl who was sold as a wife to an Emperor. This girl was very unhappy been in this marriage. At some point she wanted to kill herself, other times she screamed and tried everything to get out of this marriage. ...read more.


The daughter was crying, she irritated and disturbed. There was negative nonverbal attitude, when people are not answering, turning away, it makes the other feel inferior by the person who creates the reality for you. The third scene was about a daughter that brings non-Asian guy into the family. In the beginning her mother does not accepts him. Mother avoids daughter when she is talking about her boyfriend Rich. Her mother did not understand the direction her daughter was taking. It shows the power of mother over her daughter. No matter how much the daughter will try, she could never please her mother. Even the daughter tries to make her mother angry; the mother does not show emotions. The mother listened whenever she wanted to listen. She wanted to be in control that means that she was fearful. ...read more.


In the third scene the mother should have let it go her control over her daughter. The daughter is old enough to know who she wants is with. In this situation the mother had to congratulate her daughter and wish her happiness and. Instead of avoiding daughter she had to be there for her and support her. It shows that all of these characters wanted to be impendent in some way. These women, older generation and younger generation need to learn to listen and compromise. They need to learn to ask questions. And when speaking they need to learn positive nonverbal attitude. They need to be relaxed and open. They need to be aware. They need do stop been judgmental and unequal. For the exercise I would advise them to replace the verb "to be" with it could be, it might be, maybe, perhaps. This might unblock the judgmental behavior. This might help them to bring their conversation to a different level. ...read more.

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