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Amy Tan

Geburtstag: 19. Februar 1952
Andere Namen: Amy Tanová

Amy Tan ist eine chinesischstämmige amerikanische Schriftstellerin und gehört zu den führenden Vertreterinnen der zeitgenössischen chinesisch-amerikanischen Literatur. Tan schreibt in ihren Werken über die Begegnung der traditionell chinesischen mit den amerikanischen Sitten. Wikipedia

„That was how dishonesty and betrayal started, not in big lies but in small secrets.“

—  Amy Tan, buch The Bonesetter's Daughter

Quelle: The Bonesetter's Daughter

„Writing what you wished was the most dangerous form of wishful thinking.“

—  Amy Tan, buch The Bonesetter's Daughter

Quelle: The Bonesetter's Daughter

„Chance is the first step you take, luck is what comes afterward.“

—  Amy Tan, The Kitchen God's Wife

Quelle: The Kitchen God's Wife

„Everyone must dream. We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming — well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate. Isn’t that true?“

—  Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses

Variante: Everyone must dream. We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming — well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate. Isn’t that true?
Quelle: The Hundred Secret Senses (1995)

„Yin people is the term Kwan uses, because "ghosts" is politically incorrect.“

—  Amy Tan

SALON Interview (1995)
Kontext: I've long thought about how life is influenced by death, how it influences what you believe in and what you look for. Yes, I think I was pushed in a way to write this book by certain spirits — the yin people — in my life. They've always been there, I wouldn't say to help, but to kick me in the ass to write.... Yin people is the term Kwan uses, because "ghosts" is politically incorrect. People have such terrible assumptions about ghosts — you know, phantoms that haunt you, that make you scared, that turn the house upside down. Yin people are not in our living presence but are around, and kind of guide you to insights. Like in Las Vegas when the bells go off, telling you you've hit the jackpot. Yin people ring the bells, saying, "Pay attention." And you say, "Oh, I see now." Yet I'm a fairly skeptical person. I'm educated, I'm reasonably sane, and I know that this subject is fodder for ridicule.... To write the book, I had to put that aside. As with any book. I go through the anxiety, "What will people think of me for writing something like this?" But ultimately, I have to write what I have to write about, including the question of life continuing beyond our ordinary senses.

„I have always known a thing before it happens.“

—  Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club (1989), Ch. 14, pg. 243

„My sister Kwan believes she has yin eyes.“

—  Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses

The Hundred Secret Senses (1995)
Kontext: My sister Kwan believes she has yin eyes. She sees those who have died and now dwell in the World of Yin, ghosts who leave the mists just to visit her kitchen on Balboa Street in San Francisco.
"Libby-ah," she'll say to me. "Guess who I see yesterday, you guess." And I don't have to guess that she's talking about someone dead.

„I don't see myself, for example, writing about cultural dichotomies, but about human connections. All of us go through angst and identity crises. And even when you write in a specific context, you still tap into that subtext of emotions that we all feel about love and hope, and mothers and obligations and responsibilities.“

—  Amy Tan

SALON Interview (1995)
Kontext: Other Asian-American writers just shudder when they are compared to me; it really denigrates the uniqueness of their own work. I find it happening less here partly because people are more aware now of the flaws of political correctness — that literature has to do something to educate people. I don't see myself, for example, writing about cultural dichotomies, but about human connections. All of us go through angst and identity crises. And even when you write in a specific context, you still tap into that subtext of emotions that we all feel about love and hope, and mothers and obligations and responsibilities.

„Yin people ring the bells, saying, "Pay attention." And you say, "Oh, I see now." Yet I'm a fairly skeptical person. I'm educated, I'm reasonably sane, and I know that this subject is fodder for ridicule. … To write the book, I had to put that aside. As with any book. I go through the anxiety, "What will people think of me for writing something like this?" But ultimately, I have to write what I have to write about, including the question of life continuing beyond our ordinary senses.“

—  Amy Tan

SALON Interview (1995)
Kontext: I've long thought about how life is influenced by death, how it influences what you believe in and what you look for. Yes, I think I was pushed in a way to write this book by certain spirits — the yin people — in my life. They've always been there, I wouldn't say to help, but to kick me in the ass to write.... Yin people is the term Kwan uses, because "ghosts" is politically incorrect. People have such terrible assumptions about ghosts — you know, phantoms that haunt you, that make you scared, that turn the house upside down. Yin people are not in our living presence but are around, and kind of guide you to insights. Like in Las Vegas when the bells go off, telling you you've hit the jackpot. Yin people ring the bells, saying, "Pay attention." And you say, "Oh, I see now." Yet I'm a fairly skeptical person. I'm educated, I'm reasonably sane, and I know that this subject is fodder for ridicule.... To write the book, I had to put that aside. As with any book. I go through the anxiety, "What will people think of me for writing something like this?" But ultimately, I have to write what I have to write about, including the question of life continuing beyond our ordinary senses.

„I hid my deepest feelings so well I forgot where I placed them.“

—  Amy Tan, buch Saving Fish from Drowning

Quelle: Saving Fish from Drowning

„Isn't hate merely the result of wounded love?“

—  Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

Quelle: The Joy Luck Club

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