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Amy Tan

Biography

Chinese-American writer who’s most famous on her behalf 1987 novel, The Pleasure Luck Club. Her additional bestselling works are the Kitchen God’s Wife (1991) as well as the 1994 publication, Sagwa as well as the Chinese language Siamese Cat, that was converted into an cartoon tv series. She went to San Jose Condition University or college, where she received her undergraduate and graduate levels in British and linguistics. She later on completed doctoral function in linguistics at both University or college of California-Santa Cruz as well as the University or college of California-Berkeley. Her books typically concentrate on the associations between moms and daughters. She was created in Oakland, California to Chinese language immigrant parents. She fulfilled her husband, lawyer Louis DeMattei, on the blind day. Her most more popular novel may be the Joy Luck Golf club, which was converted to a film starring Russell Wong.

Quick Facts


Full Name Amy Tan
Date Of Birth February 19, 1952
Place Of Birth Oakland, CA
Profession Novelist
Education San Jose State University, Linfield College, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Santa Cruz
Nationality American
Spouse Lou DeMattei
Parents John Tan, Daisy Li
Siblings Peter Tan, Tina Eng, Yuhang Wang, June Wang, John Tan Jr., Lijun Wang
Awards Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service
Music Groups Rock Bottom Remainders
Nominations National Book Award for Fiction, BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Historical Fiction, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Movies The Joy Luck Club
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#Fact
1The wedding of Armistead Maupin and Christopher Turner took place in the garden of Tan and husband, Lou DeMattei's, Sausalito, California home and was attended by Maupin's longtime friend Laura Linney.
2She is friends with actress Joan Chen. Chen went to film school with author Anchee Min in Shanghai. In 1984, Chen helped Min emigrate from China to the United States and is mentioned in Min's autobiography Red Azalea. Amy Tan wrote a review praising Red Azalea when it was first published.
3Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 132, pp. 376-381. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
4Suffers from agoraphobia
5Scored in the 1100s on the SAT.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat2001TV Series children's book / series concept
The Joy Luck Club1993novel / screenplay

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Joy Luck Club1993Guest at house party (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Joy Luck Club1993producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters2009-2014TV Series documentaryHerself
Página 22014TV SeriesHerself
Overheard2014TV SeriesHerself - interviewee
Tavis Smiley2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Journey of the Bonesetter's Daughter2011DocumentaryHerself
The Asian Diaspora: More or Less Chinese2010TV Series documentaryHerself
A Conversation with Amy Tan2009Documentary shortHerself
Hollywood Chinese2007DocumentaryHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005-2006TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest / Herself
Today2005TV SeriesHerself
The Simpsons2000TV SeriesHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002Silver AwardWorldFest HoustonTV Series -- Family/ChildrenSagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (2001)· George Daugherty
· David Ka Lik Wong
· Gretchen Schields
· Michel Lemire
2001Silver PlaqueChicago International Film FestivalSagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (2001)· George Daugherty
· David Ka Lik Wong
· Gretchen Schields
· Michel Lemire
2001Silver PlaqueChicago International Film FestivalChildren's FilmSagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (2001)· George Daugherty
· David Ka Lik Wong
· Gretchen Schields
· Michel Lemire

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - AdaptedThe Joy Luck Club (1993)· Ronald Bass
1994USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter AwardThe Joy Luck Club (1993)· Ronald Bass (screenwriter)
1994WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or PublishedThe Joy Luck Club (1993)· Ronald Bass


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#Quote
1On mothering: I love my daughter. She and I have shared my body. There is a part of her mind that is a part of mine. But when she was born, she sprang from me like a slippery fish, and has been swimming away ever since.
2On love: So sad! That is the saddest part, when you lose someone you love -- that person keeps changing. And later you wonder, is this the same person I lost. Maybe you lost more, maybe less, ten thousand different things that come from your memory or imagination -- and you do not know which is which, which was true, which is false.
3On strategy: If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.


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