2008-09-30

Joy and Luck after Fifteen Years

The Joy Luck Club appeared in cinemas in 1993. The film, directed by Wayne Wang, was one of the first Hollywood films to feature a cast of predominantly Asian stars. The screenplay, by Amy Tan and Ron Bass, was based on Tan's popular novel of the same name. The cast included Rosalind Chao, France Nuyen, Tamlyn Tomita, Kieu Chinh, Lisa Lu, Tsai Chin, Ming-Na Wen, Lauren Tom, Chao Li Chi, and Victor Wong.

Asia Pacific Arts (UCLA) offers a fascinating look back in the form of a group interview. Four Asian-American women who never saw the film were asked to view it for the first time and give their reactions.

At Rotten Tomatoes The Joy Luck Club scores an ultra-fresh 90%.

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2008-09-05

'Bonesetter's Daughter' as Opera

The San Francisco Opera will present the premier this weekend of The Bonesetter's Daughter, a new opera by Stewart Wallace based on the 2001 novel by Amy Tan. The director for the production is Chen Shi-Zheng; Ms Tan wrote the libretto.

The Los Angeles Times quotes the composer:

Our objective was never to bridge cultures... If we've managed to do this, it's the unintentional result of the relationships we've built along the way. The cathartic journey of the three women in the story transcends history and politics. It's personal and emotional.

As one who read and loved this novel, I agree completely. The Bonesetter's Daughter is a poignant and at times wrenching story about the power of stories to carry memory across generations. Here's wishing the new opera all success.

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2008-09-01