A Quick Biography On Amy Tan. Relates Writing To Her Life.

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Who would have thought that during Amy Tan's childhood her parentsstrongly encouraged her to pursue a career as a surgeon or concert pianist("The Joy...")? Certainly, the criticsand fans of Amy Tan would find that hard to believe after she's led such a successfullife as a writer. Tan grew up in afamily of Chinese immigrants with strong cultural beliefs. Amy Tan had a rough relationship with hermother as she was growing up, and those difficulties have led her to thebestseller's she's written up to date (Achievement).Born in February of1952 in Oakland, California, Tan grew up as a minority in the UnitedStates. These experiences andrelationships led to Amy Tan's success as a twentieth-century writer inAmerican Literature. This paper willexplore the influences and techniques of Tan's writing.Amy's family immigratedto America from China in the late 1940's. Her father, John Yuehhan Tan was educated in Beijing and was employed asan electrical engineer. John Tan cameto America in 1947 and became a Baptist minister. Amy Tan's mother, Daisy (Tu Ching) Tan, a vocational nurse, leftin 1949, the year of the Communist takeover in China. Daisy came to the United States after divorcing an abusivehusband and losing custody of her three daughters. (Tung)Amy Tan was one of threechildren born to John and Daisy Tan. Tan spent her childhood and adolescent days growing up in Fresno,Oakland, Berkeley and the suburbs of San Francisco, California. Amy strongly disliked her Chinesebackground and resented her parents for it during her youth. She hated growing up as the "minority" inAmerica. Tan even went as far to sleepwith a clothespin on her nose hoping to narrow its Asian shape ("The Joy...").Tan's parents had very highexpectations of her and her brothers. From the time she was five years old, she can remember the importanceand stress her parents placed on her to get straight A's ("Talking to..."). As a young child, one of Tan's playmatesdied of leukemia. Amy was taken to thefuneral home to see her in her casket only to find her former friend bloodlessand pale. Tan remembers this clearlybecause the whole incident brought great fear to her and she specificallyremembers her mother telling her, "This is what happens when you don't listento your mother" (Achievement). Incidents like this made Tan grow up in fear of doing anything wrongand, in a way, led her to feeling bitter toward her parents. Young Amy grew up thinking she would neverbe able to please her parents (Achievement).At the age of fourteen, AmyTan's father unexpectedly died of a brain tumor. In the following eight months, her older brother without warningalso died of a brain tumor (Edwards). It wasn't until their deaths that Daisy Tan revealed to Amy that she wasmarried before she came to America and that she had three daughters in China.("Amy Tan") This led to Tan feeling asthough she was the "wicked daughter," and she rejected her background even more("Talking to..."). After such an immensetragedy, Tan's mother...

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