The Human Relationships from Conflict and Contradiction to Reconciliation and Harmony in Amy Tan’s Novels

Dong Lina


The conflict and ultimately reaching reconciliation between mother and daughter is one of the recurring themes in Amy Tan's novels. The sources of conflicts and confrontation between mother and daughter are mainly due to three sources, the cultural differences between mother and daughter, the influence of mother's original family as well as mother’s traumatic experiences, and the influence of Orientalism in the mainstream society. Cultural differences will be analyzed from several aspects, such as ethnic values, language and communication context, living styles, Through the textual analysis of the four novels, this research shows the complex emotional entanglement between mother and daughter.


Conflict And Contradiction; Reconciliation And Harmony; Cultural Differences; Traumatic Experiences; Chinese American Families; Mother-Daughter Relationships

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