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*Read a [http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/18/books/18sfculture.html '''New York Times article'''] about Amy Tan at the heart of the San Francisco writing scene.
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*Read a [http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/18/books/18sfculture.html '''New York Times article'''] about '''Amy Tan''' at the heart of the San Francisco writing scene.
*Amy Tan is a backup singer for [http://www.rockbottomremainders.com/ '''the Rock Bottom Remainders'''], an all-author rock band.  Their occasional shows raise money for literary organizations. Author/band members include Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, Scott Turow, Matt Groening, James McBride, Greg Iles, Ridley Pearson, Roy Blount, Jr, Kathi Goldmark and Sam Barry. Stephen King has also performed with the band.
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*'''Amy Tan''' is a backup singer for [http://www.rockbottomremainders.com/ '''the Rock Bottom Remainders'''], an all-author rock band.  Their occasional shows raise money for literary organizations. Author/band members include '''Amy Tan''', Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, Scott Turow, Matt Groening, James McBride, Greg Iles, Ridley Pearson, Roy Blount, Jr, Kathi Goldmark and Sam Barry. Stephen King has also performed with the band.
  
 
==Other works by Amy Tan==
 
==Other works by Amy Tan==
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?red+chamber'''The Red Chamber'''] by Pauline Chen - An epic reimagining of the Chinese classic "Dream of the Red Chamber" is set against a backdrop of eighteenth-century Beijing and follows the intersecting lives of three women, including orphaned Daiyu, who becomes tangled in a web of intrigue with ties to the Emperor's Palace.
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?red+chamber'''The Red Chamber'''] by Pauline Chen - An epic reimagining of the Chinese classic "Dream of the Red Chamber" is set against a backdrop of eighteenth-century Beijing and follows the intersecting lives of three women, including orphaned Daiyu, who becomes tangled in a web of intrigue with ties to the Emperor's Palace.
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?snow+flower+and+the+secret+fan'''Snow Flower and the Secret Fan'''] by Lisa See - The story of friendship across class and distance follows two women throughout their lives in 19th century China.
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?snow+flower+and+the+secret+fan'''Snow Flower and the Secret Fan'''] by Lisa See - The story of friendship across class and distance follows two women throughout their lives in 19th century China.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?dreams+of+joy'''Dreams of Joy'''] by Lisa See - Another favorite by Lisa See, featuring a mother, a daughter and family secrets set in Shanghai in the late 1950s.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?balzac+and+the+little+chinese+seamstress'''Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress'''] by Dai Sijie - A semi-autobiographical tale of two teenagers who discover Western classics while at a reeducation camp in the 1970s. Originally published in French.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?pearl+of+china'''Pearl of China'''] by Anchee Min - The actress Anchee Min re-imagined Pearl Buck's childhood in China, through the eyes of her peasant friend Willow. The [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?min+anchee'''author'''] has written many historical fiction titles set in China.
  
 
==Novels and memoirs featuring Chinese-American Families==
 
==Novels and memoirs featuring Chinese-American Families==
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?midnight+at+the+dragon+cafe'''Midnight at the Dragon Cafe'''] by Judy Fong Bates
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?midnight+at+the+dragon+cafe'''Midnight at the Dragon Cafe'''] by Judy Fong Bates
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?watching+mah+tree'''Watching the Tree: A Chinese Daughter Reflects on Happiness, Tradition, and Spiritual Wisdom'''] by Adeline Yen Mah
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?watching+mah+tree'''Watching the Tree: A Chinese Daughter Reflects on Happiness, Tradition, and Spiritual Wisdom'''] by Adeline Yen Mah
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?shanghai+girls'''Shanghai'''] by Lisa See - Two sisters migrate from Shanghai to Los Angles in the 1930s.
  
 
==First-Generation, Second-Generation and other Immigrant Stories==
 
==First-Generation, Second-Generation and other Immigrant Stories==
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?red+scarf+girl'''Red Scarf Girl'''] by Ji-Li Jiang - a memoir of the author's experiences during the Cultural Revolution of China. This book is suitable for middle-grade readers.
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?red+scarf+girl'''Red Scarf Girl'''] by Ji-Li Jiang - a memoir of the author's experiences during the Cultural Revolution of China. This book is suitable for middle-grade readers.
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?rape+of+nanking '''The Rape of Nanking: the Forgotton Holocaust of WWII'''] by Iris Chang
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?rape+of+nanking '''The Rape of Nanking: the Forgotton Holocaust of WWII'''] by Iris Chang
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?fortune+cookie+chronicles '''The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food'''] by Jennifer 8 Lee - Lee goes well beyond her title, tracing not only how Chinese cuisine around the globe has been influenced by the various cultures it has encountered, but a fascinating look at the experiences of many new Chinese-American immigrants today and at the restaurant industry as a common first step into American society.
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?things+that+must+not+be+forgotten '''Things That Must Not Be Forgotten : A Childhood in Wartime China'''] by Michael David Kwan
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?things+that+must+not+be+forgotten '''Things That Must Not Be Forgotten : A Childhood in Wartime China'''] by Michael David Kwan
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?peoples+dynasty'''The People's Dynasty: culture and society in modern China'''] - a Modern Scholar series of lectures by Robert J. Shepherd.
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?peoples+dynasty'''The People's Dynasty: culture and society in modern China'''] - a Modern Scholar series of lectures by Robert J. Shepherd.
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==Literary San Francisco==
 
==Literary San Francisco==
  
* Amy Tan herself took the Washington Post on [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/19/AR2007011900541.html '''a tour of San Francisco'''] in 2007.
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* '''Amy Tan''' herself took the ''Washington Post'' on [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/19/AR2007011900541.html '''a tour of San Francisco'''] in 2007.
  
 
* [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?hammett+dashiell '''Dashiell Hammett'''] - his [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?maltese+falcon '''The Maltese Falcon'''] was [http://jmrl.org/wiki/The_Maltese_Falcon '''a Big Read book'''] for JMRL in 2011.
 
* [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?hammett+dashiell '''Dashiell Hammett'''] - his [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?maltese+falcon '''The Maltese Falcon'''] was [http://jmrl.org/wiki/The_Maltese_Falcon '''a Big Read book'''] for JMRL in 2011.
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* [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?eggers+dave '''Dave Eggers'''] - bases his literary empire here - including [http://mcsweeneys.net '''McSweeney's Internet Tendency'''], [http://www.believermag.com/ '''The Believer'''] magazine, and [http://826valencia.org/ '''826 Valencia'''], a tutoring center focusing on strengthening writing skills, which has spawned [http://826national.org/about/ '''a national foundation'''].
 
* [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?eggers+dave '''Dave Eggers'''] - bases his literary empire here - including [http://mcsweeneys.net '''McSweeney's Internet Tendency'''], [http://www.believermag.com/ '''The Believer'''] magazine, and [http://826valencia.org/ '''826 Valencia'''], a tutoring center focusing on strengthening writing skills, which has spawned [http://826national.org/about/ '''a national foundation'''].
  
* [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?maupin+armistead '''Armistead Maupin'''] - Amy Tan credits his [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?tales+of+the+city '''Tales of the City'''] with teaching her about city life.  Author Sean Wilsey's mother appears thinly veiled as a character in Maupin's Tales of the City.  [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?oh+the+glory+of+it+all '''Oh the glory of it all'''] is Wilsey's own memoir.
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* [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?maupin+armistead '''Armistead Maupin'''] - '''Amy Tan''' credits his [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?tales+of+the+city '''Tales of the City'''] with teaching her about city life.  Author Sean Wilsey's mother appears thinly veiled as a character in Maupin's Tales of the City.  [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?oh+the+glory+of+it+all '''Oh the glory of it all'''] is Wilsey's own memoir.
  
* [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?hall+oakley '''Oakley Hall'''] - taught [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?ford+richard '''Richard Ford'''] and [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?chabon+michael '''Michael Chabon'''] (among others) at UC Irvine's writing program, and taught Amy Tan at the Squaw Valley Community.  His [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?hall+oakley+ambrose '''Ambrose Bierce mystery series'''] takes place in 1890's San Francisco.
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* [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?hall+oakley '''Oakley Hall'''] - taught [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?ford+richard '''Richard Ford'''] and [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?chabon+michael '''Michael Chabon'''] (among others) at UC Irvine's writing program, and taught '''Amy Tan''' at the Squaw Valley Community.  His [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?hall+oakley+ambrose '''Ambrose Bierce mystery series'''] takes place in 1890's San Francisco.
  
 
* [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?ferlinghetti+lawrence '''Lawrence Ferlinghetti'''] - poet; co-wrote [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?literary+san+francisco '''Literary San Francisco: a Pictorial History From its Beginnings to the Present Day'''].
 
* [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?ferlinghetti+lawrence '''Lawrence Ferlinghetti'''] - poet; co-wrote [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?literary+san+francisco '''Literary San Francisco: a Pictorial History From its Beginnings to the Present Day'''].
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* [http://www.porchlightsf.com/ '''Porchlight'''] is San Francisco's Moth-like storytelling series.
 
* [http://www.porchlightsf.com/ '''Porchlight'''] is San Francisco's Moth-like storytelling series.
  
* [http://www.litquake.org/ '''Litquake'''] is San Francisco's annual literary festival.  It awards the [http://www.litquake.org/about/barbary-coast-award '''Barbary Coast Award'''], which was awarded to Amy Tan in 2009.
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* [http://www.litquake.org/ '''Litquake'''] is San Francisco's annual literary festival.  It awards the [http://www.litquake.org/about/barbary-coast-award '''Barbary Coast Award'''], which was awarded to '''Amy Tan''' in 2009.
  
 
==Feature Films==
 
==Feature Films==
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?long+life+happiness+and+prosperity'''Long Life, Happiness, and Prosperity''']
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?long+life+happiness+and+prosperity'''Long Life, Happiness, and Prosperity''']
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?snow+flower+and+the+secret+fan+videorecording'''Snow Flower and the Secret Fan''']
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?snow+flower+and+the+secret+fan+videorecording'''Snow Flower and the Secret Fan''']
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*'''Raise the Red Lantern'''
  
 
==For Children==
 
==For Children==
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?in+the+year+of+the+boar+and+jackie'''In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson'''] by Bette Bao Lord.
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?in+the+year+of+the+boar+and+jackie'''In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson'''] by Bette Bao Lord.
* Child of the Owl, by Laurence Yep
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?child+of+the+owl'''Child of the Owl'''], by Laurence Yep
* The Lost Garden, by Laurence Yep
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?lost+garden+yep'''The Lost Garden'''], by Laurence Yep
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==

Revision as of 16:04, 21 December 2012

Article in Adult Fiction and Big Read categories.

About the Author

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  • Read a New York Times article about Amy Tan at the heart of the San Francisco writing scene.
  • Amy Tan is a backup singer for the Rock Bottom Remainders, an all-author rock band. Their occasional shows raise money for literary organizations. Author/band members include Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, Scott Turow, Matt Groening, James McBride, Greg Iles, Ridley Pearson, Roy Blount, Jr, Kathi Goldmark and Sam Barry. Stephen King has also performed with the band.

Other works by Amy Tan

Fiction:

Nonfiction:

For Children:

Novels featuring Chinese Culture and History

  • The Red Chamber by Pauline Chen - An epic reimagining of the Chinese classic "Dream of the Red Chamber" is set against a backdrop of eighteenth-century Beijing and follows the intersecting lives of three women, including orphaned Daiyu, who becomes tangled in a web of intrigue with ties to the Emperor's Palace.
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See - The story of friendship across class and distance follows two women throughout their lives in 19th century China.
  • Dreams of Joy by Lisa See - Another favorite by Lisa See, featuring a mother, a daughter and family secrets set in Shanghai in the late 1950s.
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie - A semi-autobiographical tale of two teenagers who discover Western classics while at a reeducation camp in the 1970s. Originally published in French.
  • Pearl of China by Anchee Min - The actress Anchee Min re-imagined Pearl Buck's childhood in China, through the eyes of her peasant friend Willow. The author has written many historical fiction titles set in China.

Novels and memoirs featuring Chinese-American Families

First-Generation, Second-Generation and other Immigrant Stories

Novels featuring Mothers and Daughters

There are hundreds of novels about mothers and daughters, but the ones we list below have a similar reading experience or feel to The Joy Luck Club: they tell the stories of several generations, depict difference across cultures, and/or feature groups of women within generations.

Nonfiction featuring Chinese Culture and History

Literary San Francisco

  • Porchlight is San Francisco's Moth-like storytelling series.

Feature Films

For Children

External Links