The Joy Luck Club movie is based on the novel of the same name by California author Amy Tan. The Joy Luck Club tells the story of four aging Chinese women bound together more by hope than joy or luck. They came to America years ago to escape China’s once feudal society. Now, one member has died and the three survivors of the club invite her daughter June to take her place. June belongs to the “new” generation, those of Chinese heritage who grew up speaking English and learning American customs. The Joy Luck Club portrays several mother/daughter relationships and the varied difficulties and tragedies involved.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. The Big Read provides people the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their community. The Library has selected the critically acclaimed novel The Joy Luck Club.
The film is rated “R” by the MPAA, so children under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Admission is free.
The film will be shown at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Avenue, on Friday, January 28 at 7 PM and at the Manor Branch Library, 1241 Manor Boulevard, on Saturday, January 29 at 2 PM.