Author Amy Tan arrives at a State Dinner in honor of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore at the White House in Washington on August 2, 2016.

For Amy Tan, author of the “Joy Luck Club,” the past is never far away nor fully laid to rest. In her new book, “Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir” she explores the depths of the Chinese-American experience and shares harrowing childhood memories, including her emotionally-complex relationships with her suicidal mother and Baptist-minister father growing up in Oakland, California. Tan joins us in the studio to discuss her latest work.

Author Amy Tan on ‘Where the Past Begins’ 15 January,2018Michael Krasny

  • Sanfordia113

    Michael, the police may have “cleared” you, but the fact of the matter is that if you struck another human with your automobile, you were driving in a negligent manner. It is a shame that driver’s ed has been eliminated in California. You are not allowed to drive in a manner that makes you unable to safely stop your vehicle. Public streets are shared spaces. The only instance of a car vs. pedestrian collision is non-criminal is if a pedestrian is walking on a freeway.

  • Noelle

    Yes, when we lose a parent when we are young we don’t get the chance to see that parent as someone who accepts you as you are. I never felt my mother liked my temperament and felt like I never could live up to her expectations. My dad is still alive and finally I can see he is less judgmental of me.


Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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