What brought Amy Tan, author of “The Joy Luck Club,” to San Jose? It turns out, it was love. Though Tan was enrolled at a small Baptist college in Oregon, she defied her mother’s wishes and followed her boyfriend to San Jose, where she first enrolled at San Jose City College. She later transferred to San Jose State, where she earned degrees in English and Linguistics in 1973. San Jose State awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2002. And what happened to the boyfriend? Tan and Louis DeMattei were married in 1974 and continue to live in the Bay Area.
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