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The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology, 2020, 2(1); doi: 10.25236/FSST.2020.020114.

Spatial Narrative in the Joy Luck Club


Xie Linxiu*

Corresponding Author:
Xie Linxiu

School of Foreign Languages for Business, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu 611130, China
*Corresponding Author Email: [email protected]


This article explores the relationship between spatial narrative and the identity construction of Chinese-American daughters in the Joy Luck Club. Based on theories of Zoran and Lefebvre, it finds out that those daughters construct their identity by a process from refusing to accept Chinese culture in topological space, making efforts to be integrated into American society but failing in social space, to accepting Chinese cultures in textual space at last. This article hopes to provide a new perspective for interpreting the Joy Luck Club of identity construction of Chinese-Americans.


Spatial narrative; Identity construction; The joy luck club

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Xie Linxiu. Spatial Narrative in the Joy Luck Club. The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology (2020) Vol. 2 Issue 1: 99-103. https://doi.org/10.25236/FSST.2020.020114.


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[3] Henri Lefebvre (1974). The Production of Space. Cambridge: Blackwell Publishing Inc.