Amy Tan

Amy Tan (born February 19, 1952) is an American writer Whose works explore mother-daughter relationships and the Chinese American experience. Her best known work is The Joy Luck Club . In 1993, director Wayne Wang Adapted the book JSON a film .

Tan has written verschillende other novels, zoals The Kitchen God’s Wife , The Hundred Secret Senses , The Bonesetter’s Daughter , Saving Fish from Drowning , and The Valley of amazement . She’ll be wrote a collection of nonfiction essays entitled The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings. In addition under to synthesis, Tan has written two children’s books : The Moon Lady (1992) and Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (1994) In this housing was turned JSON an animated series dat Aired on PBS .

Personal life

Tan was born in Oakland, California . She is the second of three children born to Chinese immigrants John and Daisy Tan. Her Father was an Electromechanical Engineer and Baptist minister who traveled to the United States in order to escape the chaos of the Chinese Civil War . [1] [2] Tan attended Marian A. Peterson High School in Sunnyvale for one year. When she was fifteen years old, re Father and older brother Peter zowel mayest or brain tumors binnen six months of eachother. [3]

Daisy subsequently moved Amy and re Younger brother, John Jr., to Switzerland, where Amy finished high school at the Institut Monte Rosa , Montreux . [4] During this period, Amy learned about re mother’s former marriage to Another man in China , hun four children (a Sun who mayest as a toddler and three daughters), and how re mother left re children from a previous marriage behind in Shanghai . This incident was the basis for Tan’s first novel The Joy Luck Club . [2] In 1987, Amy traveled with Daisy to China. There, Amy to re three half-sisters. [5]

Tan and re mother did not speak for six months after Tan dropped out of the Baptist college re mother had selected for re, Linfield College in Oregon, to follow re boyfriend to San Jose City College in California. [2] [6] [7] Tan with im on a blind date and married im in 1974. [3] [6] [7] Tan later RECEIVED bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and linguistics from San Jose State University . She’ll be participated in doctoral studies in linguistics at UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley , but abandoned re doctoral studies in 1976. [8]

While in school, Tan worked odd jobs-serving as a switchboard operator , carhop , bartender, and pizza maker-before starting a writing career. As a freelance business writer, she worked on projects for AT & T , IBM , Bank of America , and Pacific Bell , writing under non-Chinese-Sounding pseudonyms. [3]

In 1998, Tan CONTRACTED Lyme disease , welke went misdiagnosed for a few years. As a result, she suffers complications like epileptic seizures . Tan co-founded LymeAid 4 Kids, welke helps uninsured children pay for treatment. [9] She wrote about re life with Lyme disease in The New York Times . [10]

Tan resides in San Francisco , California, with re husband in a house they ‘designed’ to feel open and airy, like a tree house, but ook to be a place where we live comfortably Could JSON old age “with accessibility features. [11]

Work and themes

Tan’s first novel, The Joy Luck Club , consists of sixteen related stories about the experiences of four Chinese American mother-daughter pairs. [12] Tan’s second novel, The Kitchen God’s Wife , turned focuses on the relationship tussen an immigrant Chinese mother and re American-born daughter. [3] Tan’s third novel, The Hundred Secret Senses , was a departure from the first two novels, in focusing on the relationships between sisters. [ Citation needed ]Tan’s fourth novel, The Bonesetter’s Daughter , returns to the theme of an immigrant Chinese woman and re American-born daughter. [13]


Tan’s work has leg Adapted JSON verschillende différent forms of media. The Joy Luck Club was Adapted JSON a play in 1993; dat co year, director Wayne Wang Adapted the book JSON a film . The Bonesetter’s Daughter was Adapted JSON an opera in 2008. [14] Tan’s children’s book Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat was Adapted JSON a PBS animated television show. [15]



  • The Joy Luck Club (1989)
  • The Kitchen God’s Wife (1991)
  • The Hundred Secret Senses (1995)
  • The Bonesetter’s Daughter (2001)
  • Saving Fish from Drowning (2005)
  • Rules for Virgins (2012; an excerpt from The Valley of amazement )
  • The Valley of amazement (2013)

Children’s books

  • The Moon Lady , Illustrated by Gretchen Schields (1992)
  • Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat , Illustrated by Gretchen Schields (1994)


  • Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America With Three Cords and an Attitude (with Dave Barry, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Barbara Kingsolver) (1994)
  • Mother (with Maya Angelou , Mary Higgins Clark ) (1996)
  • The Best American Short Stories 1999 (Editor, with Katrina Kenison) (1999)
  • The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings (GP Putnam’s Sons, 2003, ISBN 9780399150746 )
  • Hard Listening , co-authored in July 2013, an interactive ebook about re participation in a writer / musician band, the Rock Bottom Remainders . Published by Coliloquy , LLC. [16]


  • 1989 Finalist National Book Award for The Joy Luck Club [17]
  • 1989 Finalist National Book Critics Circle Award for The Joy Luck Club [18]
  • Finalist Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize
  • Bay Area Book Reviewers Award
  • Commonwealth Gold Award
  • American Library Association ‘s Notable Books
  • American Library Association’s Best Book for Young Adults
  • 2005-2006, Asian / Pacific American Award for Literature Honorable Mention for Saving Fish From Drowning [19]
  • The Joy Luck Club selected for the National Endowment for the Arts ‘ Big Read [20]
  • New York Times Notable Book
  • Book List Editors Choice
  • Finalist for the Orange Prize
  • Nominated for the Orange Prize
  • Nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award
  • Audie Award : Best Non-fiction, Abridged
  • Parents’ Choice Award , Best Television Program for Children
  • Shortlisted British Academy of Film and Television Arts award, best screen play adaptation
  • Shortlisted WGA Award , best screen play adaptation
  • 1996, Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award [21]


  1. Jump up^ Sheryl Connelly (February 27, 2001). “Mother If Tormented Muse Amy Tan Drew On A Dark Past For ‘Daughter ‘ ” . . New York Daily News . Archived from the original on 2011-03-14 . Retrieved 15 January 2013 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b c “Amy Tan Biography” . Retrieved May 4, 2010 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b c d Huntley, ED (1998). Amy Tan: A Critical Companion . Westport, Conn .: Greenwood Press. pp. 5-7, 80. ISBN  0313302073 .
  4. Jump up^ “The Archives of me Personality” address to American Association of Museums General Session (Los Angeles), May 26, 2010
  5. Jump up^ “Penguin Reading Guides – The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan” . Archived from the original on July 24, 2010 . Retrieved August 7, 2010 .
  6. ^ Jump up to:a b Kinsella, Bridget (August 9, 2013). ” ‘ Fifty Shades of Tan’: Amy Tan” . Publishers Weekly . Retrieved October 11, 2014 .
  7. ^ Jump up to:a b Tauber, Michelle (November 3, 2003). “A New Ending” . People Magazine . Retrieved 11 October 2014 .
  8. Jump up^ “Amy Tan Biography” . Archived from the original on July 2, 2008 . Retrieved July 19, 2008 .
  9. Jump up^ Stone, Steven (August 2015). “Summertime Blues: To DEET or not to DEET …”. Vintage Guitar . p. 60.
  10. Jump up^ Amy Tan (August 11, 2013). “My Plight With The Illness” . The New York Times . Retrieved 2014-04-12 .
  11. Jump up^ Tan, Amy (August 30, 2014). “Amy Tan on Joy and Luck at Home: The novelist builds a home she kan grow old in” . The Wall Street Journal . Retrieved October 11, 2014 .
  12. Jump up^ “Amy Tan.” Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 257. Detroit: Gale, 2008. Literature Resource Center.
  13. Jump up^ Hoyte, Kirsten D. Contradiction and Culture: Revisiting Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds” (again). Publication. Np: np, nd Print.
  14. Jump up^ Kosman, Joshua (September 15, 2008). “Opera review: ‘Bonesetter’s Daughter ‘ ‘ . SF Gate . Retrieved January 31, 2017 .
  15. Jump up^ “Sagwa: About the show” . PBS Kids.
  16. Jump up^ “Hard Listening” .
  17. Jump up^ “National Book Awards” . Retrieved 11 October 2014 .
  18. Jump up^ “All Past National Book Critics Circle Award Winners and finalists” . National Book Critics Circle . Retrieved 11 October 2014 .
  19. Jump up^ “APALA: 2005-2006 Awards” .
  20. Jump up^ “The Big Read: The Joy Luck Club” .
  21. Jump up^ “1993-2008 Golden Plate Recipients” . Retrieved 12 October 2014 .