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Creating Joy Out of Pain

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Photo of Amy Tan by Robert Foothorap

The design of The Joy Luck Club is both richly complex and elegantly simple. The stories that comprise the novel form chapters that alternate between China and America. As the starting point, Amy Tan uses the lives of the women in her family, and China?s turbulent history in the 1930s and 40s. Check out what Amy Tan and historian John Kuo Wei Tchen have to say about this.

[audio:http://bigreadblog.arts.gov//audio/JoyLuckHistory.mp3]

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