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Author Amy Tan on 'Where the Past Begins'

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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. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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