The following character descriptions for the film version of "Joy Luck Club" were written by Prof. Sienkewicz for
his Freshman Seminar at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois. If you have comments or suggestions about this
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"Joy Luck Club"
a film based upon a novel of the same name, by Amy Tan
She abandons her twin daughters in China.
Her mother was a fourth wife in China. She affirms her mother's worth at her funeral.
At a young age she was promised in marriage by her mother and this decision affected
permanently affected her relationship with her mother.
Ying-ying St. Clair
She married a rake in China and kills her infant son.
Jing-mei "June" Woo
She never marries and plans to travel to China to meet her half-sisters.
Rose Hsu Jordan
She marries into a wealthy American family, has a daughter, and is separated from her husband.
A successful businesswoman who is divorced from a Chinese man and is now living with a
non-Chinese man named Richard, who she plans to marry.
Lena St. Clair
Her insensitive and miserly husband has insisted upon a relationship based upon financial equality in which Lean pays more than her fair share.