Common Read Film Series: The Joy Luck Club

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Common Read Film Series: The Joy Luck Club

September 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for our last film of our Common Read Film Series with a FREE screening of The Joy Luck Club.

The Joy Luck Club is a 1993 American drama film about the relationships between Chinese-American women and their Chinese immigrant mothers. The film is based on the eponymous 1989 novel by Amy Tan, Four older women, all Chinese immigrants living in San Francisco, meet regularly to play mahjong, eat, and tell stories. Each of these women has an adult Chinese-American daughter. The film reveals the hidden pasts of the older women and their daughters and how their lives are shaped by the clash of Chinese and American cultures as they strive to understand their family bonds and one another.

This year’s Common Read focuses on Thi Bui’s debut illustrated memoir, The Best We Could Do, an intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam. Bui was born in Vietnam three months before the end of the Vietnam War, and came to the United States in 1978 as part of the “boat people” wave of refugees from Southeast Asia. The 2019 Common Read Film Series is intended to give community members additional perspectives to the themes and topics covered in The Best We Could Do. The Common Read is a program of the National Steinbeck Center in partnership with several community partners. For more information about the 2019 Common Read, please contact

1993 film | Adaptation/Drama
2:9m RT | R