Amy Tan (born February 19, 1952) is a heavily acclaimed author of books for adults and children. She is famous for writing about first- and second-generation Chinese-American immigrants and Chinese culture. Among many achievements, she's notable for elevating Chinese characters, and Asian characters in general, beyond stereotypes and making people take them seriously as people, and not merely nerds. Much of her fiction is drawn from her own life.
Tan branched out into producing the movie based on her book The Joy Luck Club and even wrote the screenplay, making the movie a rare case of the author involved in making the film based on her book. She wrote many scripts for Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat, the Animated Adaptation of her The Chinese Siamese Cat.
She has dogs whom she calls her children.
Her works include:
- The Joy Luck Club
- The Kitchen God's Wife
- The Chinese Siamese Catnote
- The Hundred Secret Senses
- The Bonesetter's Daughter
- The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings
- Saving Fish From Drowning
- The Valley Of Amazement
- Where The Past Begins A Writers Memoir