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The Woman Warrior (1976) is Maxine Hong Kingston's memoir of her bi-cultural childhood. Tan cites it as an influence on her fiction.
Another story that inspired Tan is Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine (1984). The novel chronicles the story of two Native-American families.
Gus Lee's China Boy (1991) is a semi-autobiographical novel.