April 23 - Fact of the Week: Amy Tan

A California native, Amy Tan is an Asian-American writer who focuses her work on mother-daughter relationships. Born on February 19, 1952 to Chinese immigrant parents, her family moved around Northern California before settling in Santa Clara. Tan holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English and Linguistics from San Jose University. In addition, she studied for a Doctorate in linguistics, first at UC Santa Cruz and then at Berkeley. When she developed an interest for the developmentally disabled, she left the program to pursue a job as a language development consultant and later directed a training project for developmentally disabled children. Since then, much of her energy is spent raising awareness about Lyme disease, promoting early detection and treatment, and advocating for patients’ rights. Her best-selling novel, The Joy Luck Club, enjoyed eight months on The New York Times’ bestseller’s list. That novel and her subsequent novel, The Kitchen God’s Wife, also had excellent sales. There more novels ensued, The Hundred Secret SensesThe Bonesetter’s Daughter, and Saving Fish from Drowning. She also authored two children’s books: The Moon Lady and The Sagwa.

Source: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/tan0bio-1