Amy Tan Biography.edited (1).edited (1) - Surname 1...
This preview shows page 1 - 3 out of 7 pages.
Surname 1Student’s NameInstructor’s NameCourseDateAmy Tan BiographyAmy Tan was born on February 19, 1952, in Oakland, California, to parents, John and Daisy Tan. She was the only girl out of three children. Tan's father was a Chinese-born Baptist Minister, and her mother was from an upper-class family in Shanghai, China, that had moved to America in the late 1940s. Sadly, when Amy Tan was a teenager in 1966, her sixteen-year-old brother and her father passed away due to brain tumors. This tragedy inspired Daisy Tan to move Amy, her other son John and herself to Switzerland. Amy Tan was an Asian American who was avery successful writer who only wrote fiction. Although Tan’s mother was Chinese Tan herself was born in the United States, Tan’s mother put many different Chinese cultures on her setting Tan in an unusual situation (Amy Tan, n.p). The cultural difference between China and America, Tan had to adapt to the situation, thus becoming American at school and Chinese at home.Amy Tan had a rough childhood losing both her brother and father at 15 and having to cope with the differing cultures. Tan demonstrated outstanding perseverance and strength throughout this duration. The determining event in Tan's life was her growing up and having to deal with a Chinese mother who faced her with many challenges daily, throughout this time Tan had to adapt and readjust her way of thinking to meet the cultural norm. Amy Tan describes the interest she had with her grandmother, who passed away and how all of her stories characterized in some way with her grandmother. Tan's contribution to the literary world was her being able to represent how the Chinese way of life was vastly different from the American way of life (Amy
Surname 2Tan, n.p). She managed to cope with the different lifestyles throughout her home and in her school. In balancing this lifestyle, she portrayed a spotlight not just on the Chinese Americans but those who are going through the struggle of balancing their everyday life.Tan had a rough childhood losing her brother and father and having to cope with the differentiating cultures. Throughout this time, Tan demonstrated outstanding perseverance and strength. During this time in the United States, Tan had experienced some troubling times with her being stereotyped with other Asian Americans and having to deal with her brother and father dying when Tan was merely 15. After this unfortunate event, Tan's mother's way of thought changed; therefore, she moved to the East Coast than to the Netherlands and Germany and finally to Switzerland, where Tan graduated from high school (Famous people, n.p). Tan then