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The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

by Amy Tan

To me, imagination is the closest thing we have to compassion. To have compassion you have to be able to imagine the lives of others, including people who are suffering, and people whose lives are affected by us.

Amy Tan, 2003 (Copyright Robert Foothorap)

Excerpts from “Song of the Traveling Daughter” and “The Lost Lamb” written by Abigail Washburn from the CD Song of the Traveling Daughter (2005), published by Abbyinchina Music (ASCAP) are used courtesy of Nettwerk Productions.

Instrumental Chinese music performed by Music From China taken from their CD Traditional Chinese Music, used with permission by Music From China. Excerpts from “Qing Bei Le” (Tang Dynasty), arranged by Zhou Long, also taken from the CD Traditional Chinese Music, used with permission by Zhou Long and Music From China.

Written and produced by Adam Kampe and Dan Stone at the National Endowment for the Arts, 2006.

Passages read from The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, copyright © 1989 by Amy Tan. Used by permission of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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