The Joy Luck Club

A rich merchant who rapes An-mei’s mother and forces her to marry him rather than have a shameful pregnancy out of wedlock. He is very superstitious, and An-mei’s mother has her revenge by killing herself on the Lunar New Year and cursing him with furious ghosts if he doesn’t care for An-mei.
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Wu Tsing Character Timeline in The Joy Luck Club

The timeline below shows where the character Wu Tsing appears in The Joy Luck Club. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 2: Scar
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...temper and reveals to An-mei that An-mei’s mother had run off with a man named Wu Tsing to be his lowly fourth wife, when An-mei was four. Her re-marriage was so shameful... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 1: Magpies
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After a long train ride, they arrive at the opulent Western-style mansion of Wu Tsing , An-mei’s mother’s new husband. He is a very wealthy merchant, who collects wives on... (full context)
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...her whole life, as she connects with her mother. The peaceful bliss immediately changes when Wu Tsing returns with a new, incredibly young wife, who is nothing more than “decoration.” An-mei sees... (full context)
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When winter arrives, Wu Tsing ’s second and third wives return to the main house after spending the hotter months... (full context)
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...gained power in the household by faking suicides over the years, scaring the very superstitious Wu Tsing . Rather than be haunted one day by her angry ghost, Wu Tsing appeases Second... (full context)
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...An-mei starts noticing all of Second Wife’s attempts to hold power. The worst happens when Wu Tsing promises An-mei’s mother her own house for bearing him a son. Second Wife, filled with... (full context)