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Phat GiangProfessor Wilson4/16/16Two kinds of Asian Culture Living in AmericaAmy Tan was born February 1, 1952, into a Chinese immigrant family. She grew up in Oakland, California during her early ages. At the age of 15, Amy and her family faced a dramatic event, both her father and brother died in the same year from brain tumors. Amy’smother later brought her and her younger brother to Switzerland to start a new life. This is when she learned more about her mother’s past life, and her abusive previous husband. This is also the inspiration for her first novel The Joy Luck Club, which is a huge success for her writing career. Amy began her early college days at Linfield College in Oregon, before transferring to San José State University in California. She graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees in English and linguistics from San José State. She continued with doctoral linguistics studies at UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley. She also met Lou DeMattei on a blind and become her love interest. They were marriage in 1974. Before her writing career began, Amy had various job experiences. She became a freelance business writer for multiple company projects, such as AT&T, IBM, Bank of America, and Pacific Bell. In 1987, Amy and her mother, Daisy, traveled back to China to reunite with her three other daughters of her past marriage. In 1998 Tan contracted Lyme disease, which went misdiagnosed for a few years. As a result, she suffered complications, such as epilepticseizures. Tan co-founded LymeAid 4 Kids, which helps uninsured children pay for treatment.She wrote about her life with Lyme disease. The document was later published by the New
York Times. Amy is now living her old age days peacefully and comfortably in Sausalito, California. Tan's first novel was The Joy Luck Club, published in 1989, which became a best seller. In 1991, The Kitchen God's Wifewas published, and The Hundred Secret Senseswas published in 1995. Her works were adapted to many forms of entertainment media, which maintain its success and popularity until today.