I am sorry I left this world so early. My brain could not support my life anymore and there was still so much I wanted to teach you.
I want to start by telling you I founded two Joy Luck Clubs, one in China and one in the U.S.A. I had to flee China because the Japanese were closing in, but I’ll get to that later. First, I want to apologize for always holding you up to such high standards, but I only wanted the best for you. I tried to make you a piano prodigy but you didn’t want that. At that time was very disappointed because when I came to America I was so determined to do everything I could.
I always strived to make the best life for us. I’m sorry I never introduced you to my culture and raised you like an American. All of my love was, unfortunately, expressed as criticism. You weren’t prepared to take my seat at the Joy Luck Club because I raised you differently. I wanted a different, but better life for you. Lastly, I am sorry I left your two half sisters in China, but I had no choice.
Japan was closing in, I tried to leave them with information. Then, I tried so hard to find them and I did, but I could not get to them before my life ended. I always saw potential in you to be the greatest and I still believe you can. If there is anything you take away from this letter it’s that I did all those harsh things because I loved you.