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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 Vol19 No3 Fall 1998pg 98 critic Marina Heung Thus she is creating characters which strongly resemble her self and her own actionsJing-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 JuneAmy 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 TJLC 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 Tans 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
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