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.
In part one of this conversation, Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, whose numerous books of poetry, essays and stories have delighted children and adults alike, reads from her book, ...
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