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Short Story Presentation

Fish Cheeks by Amy Tan
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on 7 June 2011

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Fish Cheeks
BY AMY TAN
Amy Ruth Tan was born in Oakland,
California on February 19, 1952.
She has two brothers
Her parents are both Chinese
Father: John Tan
Mother: Daisy
Lake Merritt
Family
Achievements
-Stanford
-Oxford
-Jagellonium
-Beijing
-Georgetown
Facts
The Rock Bottom Remainders
The Joy Luck Club(1989)
 Finalist National Book Award
 Finalist Nation Book Critics Circle Award
 Finalist Los Angeles Time Fiction Prize
 Bay Area Book Reviewers Award
 Commonwealth Gold Award
 American Library Association’s Notable Books
 American Library Association’s Best Book for Young Adults
 Selected for the National Endowment for the Art’s Big Read



Film: The Joy Luck Club(1993)
 Shortlisted BAFTA Film award, best screenplay adaptation
 Shortlisted WGA Award, best screenplay adaptation



The Kitchen God’s Wife (1991)
 New York Times Notable Book
 American Library Association Notable Book
 Booklist Editors’ Choice



The Hundred Secret Senses(1995)
 Finalist for the Orange Prize



The Bonesetter’s Daughter(2001)
 Nominated for the Orange Prize
 New York Times Notable Book
 Nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Award



Opposite of Fate(2003)
 New York Times Notable Book
 Audie Award: Best Non-Fiction, Abridged
 Booklist Editors’ Choice



Saving Fish from Drowning(2005)
 Nominated for IMPAC Dublin Award
 Booklist Editors’ Choice



Sagwa Animated Series for PBS(1994)
 Emmy Award
 Parents Choice, Best Television Program for
Children
Awards
Summary
This story is about the problems that multicultural children faced.

“What would Robert think of our shabby Chinese Christmas? What would he think of our noisy Chinese relatives who lacked proper American manners?" (Glencoe literature: the reader's choice, Course 2 Page 77).
"You want to be the same as American girls on the outside. But inside you must always be Chinese. You must be proud you are different. Your only shame is to have shame." (Glencoe literature: the reader's choice, Course 2 Page 79).
Analysis
“I fell in love with the minister's son the winter I turned fourteen.” (Glencoe literature: the reader's choice, Course 2 Page 77).

“When I found out that my parents had invited the minister's family over for Christmas Eve dinner, I cried. What would Robert think of our shabby Chinese Christmas?” (Glencoe literature: the reader's choice, Course 2 Page 77).

“Then my father poked his chopsticks just below the fish eye and plucked out the soft meat. "Amy, your favorite," he said, offering me the tender fish cheek. I wanted to disappear.” (Glencoe literature: the reader's choice, Course 2 Page 79).

“For Christmas I prayed for this blond-haired boy, Robert, and a slim new American nose,” (Glencoe literature: the reader's choice, Course 2 Page 77).

“For Christmas Eve that year, she had chosen all my favorite foods.” (Glencoe literature: the reader's choice, Course 2 Page 79).
Response
“She was pulling black veins out of the backs of fleshy prawns. A slimy rock cod with bulging eyes that pleaded not to be thrown into a pan of hot oil. Tofu, which looked like stacked wedges of rubbery white sponges. A bowl soaking dried fungus back to life. A plate of squid, their backs crisscrossed with knife markings so they resembled bicycle tires.” (Glencoe literature: the reader's choice, Course 2 Page 79).
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Bibliography
Fish Cheeks By Amy Tan
Whole Steamed Fish
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