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Lisa See

Fiction

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20160506, 20150313

The author of several best-selling books, Lisa See returns to New Letters on the Air to discuss her novel, China Dolls, that traces the nightclub life of Asian Americans from 1938 to after World War II. Told through the voices of three young women who meet at auditions, See talks about the real life inspirations of the Chinese Ginger Rogers and others behind this novel that also addresses issues of racism and war. She talks about her writing process and shares how the darkness of her previous novel, Dreams of Joya sequel to Shanghai Girlshelped propel her to write this very different story. Her earlier books are featured in previous programs from 2007 and 2008, available in our audio archives.

| Subject Matter: History, Asian Culture, Research, Family | Interview Year: 2014 | Genre: Fiction | Awards: Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award |

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