Exploring Culture through Food in Amy Tan’s Novel The Joy Luck Club
Dr. Baisakhi Mukherjee
Food, ethnicity, identity, metaphor
Food is the most essential subsistence for individual. It’s a vital a part of culture as well. Traditional cuisine is passed down from one generation to the subsequent. It also operates as an expression of cultural identity. Immigrants bring the food of their countries with them wherever they go and cooking traditional food may be a way of preserving their culture after moving to new places. Food is a crucial topic in literature likewise. It is used as a robust imagery. It is considered as a very important mark of ethnicity. Different authors have used food imagery to explore their ethnic identity. As food reflects culture, in the same way Chinese food is a vital marker of Chinese culture and ethnicity. In The Joy Luck Club by playing upon the metaphor of Chinese food, Amy Tan associates it with cultural ethnicity. Food imagery plays a major role in each separate narrative of the novel, linking past, present and future, bonding families and generations, expressing community and providing a linguistic code that facilitates the retrieval of private histories from oblivion. It is a medium to bring the characters together. This paper aims to point out how Chinese food is a metaphor for ethnic connection between mothers and daughters.
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 3

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