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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.


Guide to the Chinese in California Virtual Collection
An introduction to San Francisco's Chinatown on the Online Archive of California.

Becoming American: The Chinese Experience
A Bill Moyers special PBS documentary. Includes a time line and a comprehensive list of weblinks.

The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum and Learning Center
This website includes photos, videos and more.

The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco
Helpful information on the Chinese calendar and zodiac.

Chinese Immigrants and the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad
Tells the story of building the transcontinental railroad.


Arkush, R. David, and Leo O. Lee, eds. Land Without Ghosts: Chinese Impressions of America from the Mid-Nineteenth Century to the Present. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989.

Bennani, Ben., ed.“The World of Amy Tan.” Paintbrush: A Journal of Poetry and Translation 22 (Autumn, 1995). Special Edition.

Bloom, Harold, ed. Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club" New Edition (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations). New York: Chelsea House Publications, 2002.

Shea, Renée Hausmann and Deborah Wilchek. Amy Tan in the Classroom: "The Art of Invisible Strength" (The NCTE High School Literature Series). National Council of Teachers of English, 2005.

Snodgrass, Mary Ellen. Amy Tan: A Literary Companion (McFarland Literary Companions). Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2004.

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