"The Importance of Memory": A Conversation with Amy Tan

Amy Tan discusses the role of memory in museums and literature, the challenge of transmitting history to different generations, and the representation of Asian Americans in cultural institutions.


“I went recently to the Museum of Chinese in America, just before it opened [in its new location], and it had pictures of people who were of great influence in the Chinese community in terms of immigration. I didn’t know anything about them until I went to the museum and I saw how instrumental they had been.”

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