Best selling author Amy Tan spoke to a packed house this week at Portland’s Voices Lecture Series. She told KGW TV she is always surprised to hear how her book the Joy Luck Club has changed people’s lives and how they view their own parents.
“I was trying to write to understand myself. I had a lot of confusion about my mother,” said Tan. “So it was a complete surprise when I found people say these things. People who weren’t Chinese, Chinese American. I felt I couldn’t take credit for any improvement in relationships.”
Tan says the dynamics of the mother – daughter relationship is quite different from the father-son relationship.
“Women in general are much more internal and more protective. Through that protection, that ability to become independent when you’re a women is hampered.” That says Tan leads to teens rebelling, which she admits she did as a child.
One of the greatest things she learned from her mother is hope. Interestingly, she learned that by observing her mother’s superstitions.
“A lot of it has to do with what works and what you believe and observe. My mother believes she could undo fate. She believed in bad luck, curses and all that. But she felt she could wind the clock back and make things happen the way it should have been. It was not illogical, it was hope. It was amazing hope. She had persistence.Not that you could undo certain things, but you understand it.”
You can watch the entire interview on KGW.
Opposite of fate
What is that?
Drove me crazy, can’t change it
What it was though, it was not illogical it was hope. It was amazing hope. She had persistence.Not that you could undo certain things, but you understand it