Tan's version of the American Dream is similar to that of Lennie and George in Of Mice and Men because she wants to express herself and live out dreams that speak specifically to her. When she started publishing fiction, she wrote using the English she had grown up hearing from her Chinese-born mother. She used English that was called "broken" instead of conforming and only using standard English. This dream is similar to that of Lennie and George because they also want to claim something that is their own--in their case, land to raise crops and rabbits. Amy Tan's version of the American Dream, like that of Lennie and George, does not involve bending to convention but instead means living her life the way she wants to, as a full expression of herself.
In addition, Tan's dream is in part to explain people who have been misunderstood in America, such as her immigrant mother. She writes of her mother, "I wanted to capture...her intent, her passion, her imagery, the rhythms of her speech and the nature of her thoughts." Similarly, George wants to help Lennie find a place where he is accepted for himself, though Lennie is developmentally disabled and not always understood by others. Therefore, winning acceptance for marginalized people and voices is part of both dreams--that of Tan and that of Lennie and George. Their dreams are different because Lennie and George seek land where they can be apart from other people, living without bosses. They seek a life of solitude and separation, while Tan's dreams involve connecting her world with a wider world. She wants to use writing to connect with other people rather than to separate herself from them.