Aug 042014
 

In this episode of the Wait Wait… Amy Tan grew up all around the Bay Area where her Chinese American family was part of a group of friends they called “The Joy Luck Club.” In 1989, Amy published a book of stories by that name, which became an international bestseller. Her latest novel is .

We’ve invited Tan to play a game called: “It’s the bronze golden look that says, ‘early death from melanoma!'” Three questions about tanning and the tanning industry.


 
Transcript:

PETER SAGAL, HOST:
And now the game where seriously accomplished people attempt to accomplish something casual. Amy Tan grew up all around the Bay Area, where her Chinese-American family was part of a group of friends they called the Joy Luck Club. In 1989, Amy published a book of stories by that name, which became an international bestseller, inspired a movie adaptation. Her latest novel is “The Valley Of Amazement.” And we are delighted to have her here. Amy Tan, welcome to WAIT WAIT …DON’T TELL ME.
(APPLAUSE)
AMY TAN: Thank you.
SAGAL: They like you here. And I’m not surprised because grew up here in San Francisco and Oakland – all over the place. You moved around a lot?
TAN: That’s right. Local girl.
SAGAL: Local girl? So where were you born?
TAN: Born in Oakland.
SAGAL: Born in Oakland.
(APPLAUSE)
SAGAL: Oak-town?
TAN: Oak land, yeah. Oakland – 41st, 51st, 61st Highland Ave. I was everywhere.
SAGAL: Really? Why were you moving around so much?
TAN: My mother believed in the American dream. And by moving up in the world, you kind of moved up – 41st, 51st, 61st.
(LAUGHTER)
SAGAL: Yeah. But we have heard, Amy Tan, that you had kind of a wild side growing up. Is that true?
TAN: Who told you?
(LAUGHTER)
TAN: I mean what…What? I was…
SAGAL: Actually, your bio on your own website. I don’t know…
(LAUGHTER)
SAGAL: Whether you know.
TAN: Oh, was it when I tried to run away with that German guy and get married in Austria?
SAGAL: That might have been it.
(LAUGHTER)

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