The ‘Joy Luck’ Experience


No, I did not walk out of a screening of “The Joy Luck Club” with soppy eyes and tissues covering my nose like many viewers did. But I almost pulled my jacket over my head in order to cover myself from feeling terribly embarrassed and from being a Chinese male.

Almost every single Chinese male character was portrayed as evil and irresponsible. We are either the macho male chauvinist who enjoys taking advantage of innocent virgin women, or collect concubines as trophies, or push them to leave us because we are cold and incapable of giving warmth and love. This “Chinese Male-Bashing Club” movie is so biased against Chinese males that I would be very surprised not to find some of them infuriated.