The Joy Luck Club explores the clash between Chinese culture and American culture. According to Dictionary.com, culture is based on the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic or age group. Think about what that means. With your class or a book club, discuss the different cultures represented in Tan’s book. Societal events often affect the culture of our lives every day. What events have influenced your life? Look in the St. Petersburg Times for examples of everyday events that infl uence your life. Choose headlines, photos, captions, cartoons and advertisements from the Times and create a visual representation – collage, photo album, digital collage – to share with your class. Write a fully developed paragraph to go along with your visual representation. Share your thoughts and writing here on the NIE Blogging Zone.