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==Novels and memoirs featuring Chinese-American Families==
 
==Novels and memoirs featuring Chinese-American Families==
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?mona+in+the+promised+land'''Mona In the Promised Land'''] by Gish Jen
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?mona+in+the+promised+land'''Mona In the Promised Land'''] by Gish Jen
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?woman+warrior+memoir'''The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girhood Among Ghosts'''] by Maxine Hong Kingston.  Kingston uses a combination of family stories and legend to give voice to her ancestors.  Try also her novel [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?tripmaster+monkey'''Tripmaster Monkey'''], and "China Men", elsewhere on this list.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?woman+warrior+memoir'''The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts'''] by Maxine Hong Kingston.  Kingston uses a combination of family stories and legend to give voice to her ancestors.  Try also her novel [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?tripmaster+monkey'''Tripmaster Monkey'''], and "China Men", elsewhere on this list.
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?girl+from+purple+mountain'''Girl from Purple Mountain : Love, Honor, War, and One Family's Journey from China to America'''] by May-Lee Chai and Winberg Chai - A father and daughter collaborated to reconstruct the life of his mother (her grandmother), one of the first women to attend a Chinese university, and her experiences with the Chinese civil war and the Japanese attack on Nanking in 1937.
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?girl+from+purple+mountain'''Girl from Purple Mountain : Love, Honor, War, and One Family's Journey from China to America'''] by May-Lee Chai and Winberg Chai - A father and daughter collaborated to reconstruct the life of his mother (her grandmother), one of the first women to attend a Chinese university, and her experiences with the Chinese civil war and the Japanese attack on Nanking in 1937.
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?falling+leaves+mah'''Falling Leaves : The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter'''], by Adeline Yen Mah.  This book is also available in a version written for younger readers: [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?chinese+cinderella+the+true+story'''Chinese Cinderella''']
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?falling+leaves+mah'''Falling Leaves : The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter'''], by Adeline Yen Mah.  This book is also available in a version written for younger readers: [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?chinese+cinderella+the+true+story'''Chinese Cinderella''']
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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
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?shanghai+girls'''Shanghai'''] by Lisa See - Two sisters migrate from Shanghai to Los Angles in the 1930s.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?shanghai+girls'''Shanghai Girls'''] 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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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.

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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

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