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The Conection Between Amy Tan And The Characters Of “The Joy Luck Club” Essay, Research Paper Amy Tan uses facts from her life and her own identity to create the character of Jing-Mei Woo for her first novel ?The Joy Luck Club?. Amy Tan is a fictional writer, but unlike many other writers of that genre she writes about things that are very close to reality and her hart. In her firs published novel ?The Joy Luck Club? Tan infuses the fictional part of the book with what seems to be facts from her own life. ?The novel contains autobiographical elements.? FEMENIST STUDIES, (Vol.19, No.3, Fall 1998,pg. 98, critic: Marina Heung). Thus she is creating characters which strongly resemble her self and her own actions. Jing-Mei Woo, who is also known as June throughout the book, is

a character who resembles Tan the most. She is a first generation Chinese-American, daughter of Suyuan Woo who dies prier to the beginning of the story. Although there are six other characters whose stories we read about, we ultimately return to the one of Suyuan and June. Amy Ruth Tan was born on February 19, 1952, in Oakland, California. Amy was the daughter of John and Daisy Tan, who had both emigrated from China in the late 1940s much like Junes parents. This we discover on pg. 6 when June talks about the beginning of T.J.L.C. ?My mother started the San Francisco version of The Joy Luck Club in 1949, two years before I was born. This was the year my mother and father left China with one stiff leather trunk filled only with fancy silk dresses.? At the age of 14 Tan suffered

the loss of her father and older brother, who both died of brain tumors within eight month of each other. It was then that Tan?s mother revealed that she has been married before, in China, to an abusive husband, and that Amy had three half- sisters there. Although June has no brothers in the book, and unlike the death of Amy?s father and older brother it is Junes mother that dies, almost all the other facts seem to be borrowed directly from Tans life. June, like Tan, is told about her mothers? life in china and about her first marriage. On pp. 13-14 Junes mother says ? An army officer came to my house early one morning, and told me to go quickly to my husband in Chungking.? ? I packed my things and my two babies into this wheelbarrow and began pushing to Chungking four days

before the Japanese marched into Kweilin.?? I pushed toward Chungking, until my wheel broke.? ?I tied scarves into slings and put a baby on each side of my shoulder. I carried a bag in each hand, one with clothes, the other with food. I carried until deep grooves grew in my hands. And I finally dropped one bag after the other when my hands began to bleed and became too slippery to hold on to anything.? To this June replied ?What do you mean by ?everything??? ?What happened to the babies?? It is on pg. 14 that Junes mother reveals to June that with that first husband she has had two other daughters, Junes? half-sisters, who are still in china. ? Your father is not my first husband. You are not those babies.? In HER HERITAGE: A Biographical Encyclopedia of Famous American Women by

Robert McHenry (1995), We find that throughout Tans? earlier years the relationship between her and her mother was rather shaky. : After Tans? fathers? death, in 1966, her mother took Tan and her only other brother to Switzerland, where Amy attended high school and rebelled against her mother. She went completely against her mothers? wishes when she started hanging out with a German boyfriend. After moving back to California, Tan enrolled, to please her mother, in Linfield College. Soon after that, she struck out on her own again, however, this time with her Italian-American boyfriend Louis DeMattei, to San Jose City College in California. Tan also changed her major to English and linguistics, to which her mother said that she ?could see nothing in that as a future?. Much like