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The Push from Chunking

Actress Ming-Na in the film adaptation of The Joy Luck Club (1993).

Amy Tan was born in 1952 in Oakland, California, to Chinese parents who had recently immigrated to the United States. The daughter of a Baptist minister and a traditionally strict mother, Tan heard stories as a child that would later inform her distinctive, lyrical prose style that moves effortlessly from the mundane to the mysterious. Actress Ming-Na, who portrayed June in the film version of The Joy Luck Club, illustrates Tan's voice throughout our Big Read audio program. [3:27]



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