Both parents emigrate from China to U.S, caused by Chinese Civil War
Born in Oakland, California
Both brother and father died of brain tumors months apart
After the death of Tan's father and brother, her mother moved their family first to the East Coast then to Europe
The family moves back to the U.S
After moving back to the U.S, Tan earns her Master's Degree at San Jose State University
She wrote proposals and manuals for many companies. Tan made good money and worked constantly but was not passionate about this type of writing.
After reading Louis Edrich's novel about an American Indian family, Tan was inspired to write her own.
Amy Tan's friend and editor Faith Sale dies within weeks of Tan's mother's death
Her mother passed away in 1999 due to natural cause