Amy Tan’s family history and her changing perception of China

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Amy Tan – Photo Credit: Rick Smolan/Against All Odds Productions

Here’s an interesting interview from The New York Times in which Amy Tan discusses her family history in China, connections she did not know about until she was 16. When her father died, Tan’s mother revealed she had been married before, in China, and had three daughters. In the article, Tan talks about her own changing perception of China, of her mother’s unhappy life there and the daughters her mother left behind. Click here for the full article.

I’m busy reading Tan’s most recent book, The Valley of Amazement. In addition to the story of the courtesan life in Shanghai, Tan focuses on the relationships between mothers and daughters, and on the pain of separation and abandonment, no doubt influenced by her own family’s experiences.

Check back soon for my review and thanks for visiting!


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