- US citizen since 1988. Has one elder brother, Chuan Chen, an artist who goes by the professional name of Chase Chenoff.
- Cancelled proceedings to adopt a child when she became pregnant with daughter Angela Frances, both in October 1998.
- Joan was first spotted by the wife of Tse-tung Mao at a Chinese rifle range. She then recommended Joan to movie producers.
- While preparing to shoot a period piece called 'Fu Song', she discovered she was pregnant. She took a break from the film and in 2002, she gave birth to a second daughter.
- Selected by Self magazine as one of "The Nine Best Bodies for the 90s".
- Measurements: 34C-24-35 1/2 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
- Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival 1996.
- Her Chinese first name "Chong" means "to rush".
- Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. 
- Her Mandarin name is Chen Chong. Her Cantonese name is Chan Chung.
- Speaks Mandarin, English and Shangainese.
- Is friends with Amy Tan.
- Is friends with Wayne Wang.
- She went to film school with author Anchee Min in Shanghai. In 1984, she helped Min emigrate from China to the United States and is mentioned in Min's autobiography Red Azalea.
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