The Joy Luck Club

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Wang Chwun Yu Character Analysis

One of Suyuan’s twin daughters from her first marriage. She is rescued between the cities Kweilin and Chungking in 1944, after Suyuan places her and her twin on a busy road. Suyuan, fearing that she’s dying, believes her daughters will be saved if they seem orphaned. Chwun Yu grows up in China and reunites with her half-sister June at the end of the novel.

Wang Chwun Yu Quotes in The Joy Luck Club

The The Joy Luck Club quotes below are all either spoken by Wang Chwun Yu or refer to Wang Chwun Yu. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Mother-Daughter Relationships Theme Icon
). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Books edition of The Joy Luck Club published in 2006.
Part 4, Chapter 4 Quotes

I look at their faces again and see no trace of my mother in them. Yet they still look familiar. And now I also see what part of me is Chinese. It is so obvious. It is my family. It is in our blood. After all these years, I can finally be let go.

Related Characters: Jing-mei “June” Woo (speaker), Suyuan Woo, Wang Chwun Yu, Wang Chwun Hwa
Page Number: 288
Explanation and Analysis:

At the end of the novel, June finally reunites with her long-lost siblings. As she does so, she feels that she's also accomplished a task she's been attempting for many years. June has been interested in tracking down her siblings, and yet she's always felt a sense of incompleteness, both because of her strained relationship with her mother and because of her ignorance of and disconnection from her own culture. By traveling to China and finding her half-sisters, June honors her mother's memory, both respecting her mother's heritage and completing the task that Suyuan herself was never able to do.

The passage is both the culmination of the entire book and the beginning of the rest of June's life. June has always felt that her Chinese heritage is a millstone around her neck--she wishes she could break free of it. Here, in the instant that June is finally most in touch with her Chinese "roots," she can finally move on with her life. And yet at the same time, she seems to have no desire to abandon her Chinese heritage anymore: she's just getting to know her sisters. In all, the passage sums up one of the key themes of the novel: heritage, like a mother or daughter, can be freeing and imprisoning, often at the same time.


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Wang Chwun Yu Character Timeline in The Joy Luck Club

The timeline below shows where the character Wang Chwun Yu appears in The Joy Luck Club. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 4, Chapter 4: A Pair of Tickets
Mother-Daughter Relationships Theme Icon
Immigration, Language, and Mistranslation Theme Icon
Sacrifice Theme Icon
...Suyuan’s twins, June enters the conversation to ask their names; Canning says their names are Chwun Yu and Chwun Hwa. June then inquires about the meaning of her Chinese name, Jing-mei. Canning... (full context)
Mother-Daughter Relationships Theme Icon
Immigration, Language, and Mistranslation Theme Icon
Fate and Autonomy Theme Icon
...June sees the same face again on someone else, and realizes they are her sisters, Chwun Yu and Chwun Hwa. “Hesitations and expectations forgotten,” they run together and embrace, whispering Suyuan’s name... (full context)