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Amy Tan is an American author of Chinese originwho mainly explores the elements of mother-daughterrelationships in her works. She has produced several worksof fiction, as well as non-fiction, the best known of which is‘The Joy Luck Club’, which revolves around the lives of fourmothers and their four daughters. The book won manyprizes and has been translated into several languages.Many of her other novels such as ‘The Kitchen God’s Wife’and ‘The Bonesetter’s Daughter’ have also becomebestsellers. A critically acclaimed author today, she hadalways dreamed of making a career in writing. When shewas a student, her parents expected her to become aneurosurgeon but she defied them by joining an EnglishMajor course. After working as a technical writer for sometime, she took to writing fiction. Her first novel, ‘The Joy Luck Club’ became a New York Times bestseller and won her many accolades and prizes. The book has also been adapted into a successful movie for which she co-wrote the screenplay. She went on to author other novels which were also well received by the readers and critics alike. She also writes books for children. One of her children’s books, ‘Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat’ was adapted into a television program.Amy Tan, whose Chinese name, An-mei, means "blessing from America," was born in 1952 in Oakland, California, the middle child and only daughter of John and Daisy Tan, who came to America from China in the late 1940s. Besides Amy, the Tans also had two sons — Peter, born in 1950, and John, born in 1954.The family moved nearly every year, living in Oakland, Fresno, Berkeley, and San Franciscobefore settling in Santa Clara, California. Although John and Daisy rarely socialized with their neighbors, Amy and her brothers ignored their parents' objections and tried hard to fit into American society. "They wanted us to have American circumstances and Chinese character," Tan said in an interview with Elaine Woo in theLos Angeles Times(March 12, 1989).