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A Conversation With MacArthur Fellow Writer Yiyun Li

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By Vanessa Wang Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and came to America in 1996 to pursue a PhD in immunology. But instead of completing the PhD program, she discovered her love for writing and joined the prestigious Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. “English is not my first language, but it is my first writing language,” Li tells us. “It was partly …

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Local Author Translates Book on Comfort Women into Korean

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By Jianying Wang “I could not sleep after I read it; I even could not walk and breathe” Corih Kim was talking to the audience of the book event about the fiction she translated from English to Korean, Daughters of the Dragon – A Comfort Woman’s Story, that narrates about the life story of a comfort woman from Korea. The …

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Culture for Kids: Author Sana Sood talks about her book on Diwali

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  By Jenny Chen Local Author Sana Sood wrote the book Diwali: A Cultural Adventure in 2013 and it went on to get rave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.com. We talked to Sana about her process and what diversity means in children’s literature. Asian Fortune: How did you get the idea to write this book? Sana: I wrote this book …

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Vietnamese American Writer Wins PEN/Oakland Award

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By Jenny Chen Andrew Lam, editor-in-chief of New America Media, a nonprofit organization that advocates 3,000 ethnic news organizations in the United States, was awarded the PEN/Oakland Award for his fictional collection of short stories Birds of Paradise Lost. The book is based on the Vietnamese refugee experience. Maxine Hong Kingston wrote about Lam: “…bask in his love of language, …

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Stories from Vietnam: Local Philanthropist Pens Touching Memoir

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 Rosemary Lauer is a local philanthropist and founder of the non-profit Devotion to Children. She recently penned a book with Scott Beller titled Beggars or Angels about her unique experience arriving to the United States from her war-torn country, Vietnam. Below is an excerpt from her book: Chapter 1    Everything Happens for a Reason Growing up in Vietnam, I knew …

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On “Pigtails in Politics”: Scott D. Seligman discusses his biography The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

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By Tamara Treichel   Think Frank Abagnale’s life in Catch Me If You Can is exciting, full of shape-shifting, danger, suspense and a sprinkling of romance? Then compare Wong Chin Foo’s life. Wong Chin Foo (1847-1898) was a real man with the flair of a Chinese American trickster hero, and he is brought back to life in Scott D. Seligman’s …

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