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June begins The Joy Luck Club by recounting how her mother came to America carrying a swan to signify her love and hope for a California daughter not yet born. But, by the time Suyuan passes through customs, all that remains of the swan is a solitary feather, a future daughter’ s loving legacy that, for all its airiness, is still a burden. So, too, is the memory that, fleeing war and famine, Suyuan abandoned her infant twin daughters by the side of the road to Chungking. At the outset of the film, June learns that her Chinese half-sisters had somehow managed to survive. By the end of the film, she learns the secret of the maternal desertion and journeys to China to reestablish female family ties. Before she embarks for Asia, June is handed the cherished swan’s feather by her fathera man not much evident elsewhere in a film where a good man is very, very hard to find. “She thought she wasn’t worthy enough to give it to you,” he explains about his late, beloved wife. 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