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Asian American Literature
Asian American Literature: Amy Tan
Asian American:
Amy Tan

Joy Luck Club
The Hundred Secret Senses

Hispanic American
Jewish American
Native American

About the Project

Amy Tan, a Chinese American author, was born February 19, 1952 in Oakland, California. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and graduated from high school in Switzerland. She earned a master's degree in linguistics from San Jose University and became a successful business writer. At age 35, she took a trip to her parents' homeland of China. There, she made peace with her heritage, which she had formerly rejected. After her trip, she decided to become a fiction writer. She believes that, in many cases like her own, culture is overlooked by the school system, sending a message that culture should be rejected. When her first book was written, she became an instant celebrity. Now, her works have been translated into twenty languages.

Look at our commentaries on Joy Luck Club and The Hundred Secret Senses

Amy Tan's works
The Joy Luck Club
The Kitchen God's Wife
The Hundred Secret Senses

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