Cultural Clash and Self-Discovery: A Multicultural Study of Amy Tan’s the Joy Luck Club
Ammar Ali Kareem, Dr. Fazel Asadi Amjad
Some scholars and theorists believe that the clash of cultures due to wars and the wave of migration is a healthy process since it ostensibly dissolves cultural differences. Yet, this article argues that cultural clashes may also generate passive phenomena due to cultural imposition which is vividly loaded with a lot of negative consequences that unveil the real aim of the colonial project. To prove the negative aftermath of such a phenomenon, Frantz Fanon's term of cultural imposition has been applied on Amy Tan's novel The Joy Luck Club within a postcolonial context. The article also aims at showing that the imposition of a certain culture on another culture may endanger a sense of inferiority complex, stereotyping and double consciousness. The article furthermore gives the scholars and researchers a conspicuous view that the term cultural imposition can also be applied to literature alongside with nursing. The present article proves that Tan's characters suffer in a world that considers them as aliens due to their complexion, language, and even their behavior.
Volume: Volume 24
Issues: Issue 3
Keywords: cultural imposition, double consciousness, inferiority complex, stereotype.