Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20090508, 20071019
Our recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month features Lisa See, the author of the bestselling novel Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, and the soon-to-be released Shanghai Girls. In this interview, she talks about her first book, On Gold Mountain, her family memoir about life in Los Angeles' Chinatown, where her Chinese great-grandfather founded a very successful curio shop and married a woman of European descent to begin his American family. See also discusses her 2007 novel, Peony in Love, loosely based on the 17th century Chinese opera. The Peony Pavilion, about a girl who starves herself rather than face an arranged marriage.
Poet Susan Aizenberg discusses the use of fiction within poetry, admitting that she draws from real life, but notes that there is a distinction between truth and fact. Recently retired from teaching at Creighton University, she reads from her thir...
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