About the Author
- Born in Oakland, California
- Daughter of Chinese immigrants
- Her father and brother died of brain tumors within months from each other
- After moving to Switzerland with her mother she moved to San Jose city with her boyfriend after high school
- Amy Tan and her mother took a trip to China where her mother reunited with her daughters from her previous marriage this was the key inspiration for Joy Luck Club
- She majored in college in writing and linguistics and pursued a career in business writing.
"I write because I know that one day I will die, and thus I should experience as many deliberate observations, careful thoughts, wild ideas, and deep emotions as I can before that day occurs."
Literary Time Period
Post-modernism: Starting in 1941, post modernism deals with the objective view on the world and how social ideas such as power and social class have an effect on how humans conceptualize the world. Post modernism usually emphasizes idealism and constructivism in its approach to knowledge and understanding.
"Post modernism is DEFINITELY a huge influence on Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club" because the whole book is about the struggles that women deal with while changing not only COUNTRIES, but culture as well."
Four families. Four mothers and four daughters. Eight different stories. The novel revolves around the lives of 4 Chinese American women and their daughters, sharing the life stories of the mothers and their relationship to their American-raised children. Each daughter tells their story of their "American" problems, while the mothers with their hard beginnings and "Chinese" lessons. Each of the daughters feels disapproved by their mothers, which created conflicts and misunderstanding between them. Later, the daughters learned to embrace their mothers' Chinese wisdom and incorporate it into their American life.
"A mother knows what is inside you"