The Joy Luck Club

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:

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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)