10 Questions for Wayne Wang

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Wayne Wang, the director of The Joy Luck Club

Is it true that you're named after your father's favorite actor, John Wayne?
Terry Ramsdell, Ann Arbor, Mich.
He was interested in finding a word that sounded like Wayne. He found a word, ying, which means the bud of a tree. But that word, as a name, is quite feminine. So because he wanted to name me after John Wayne, he ended up with a very feminine name for me.

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