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Thursday, October 11 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Literature of the Chinese-American Experience

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Two writers explore the generational, familial, and cultural bonds in Chinese and Chinese-American life. Yang Huang’s interconnected story collection My Old Faithful, which won the Juniper Prize for Fiction, follows one family from China to America over the course of thirty years. Huang paints “a nuanced portrait of family life, full of pain, surprises, and subtle acts of courage.” Vanessa Hua’s novel A River of Stars follows a pregnant Chinese woman as she makes her way to California trying to claim her own American Dream. Celeste Ng calls it “an utterly absorbing novel about the ruthless love of parenthood and the universal truth that sometimes family runs deeper than blood alone.”

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Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities. For nearly two decades, she has been writing about Asia and the diaspora in journalism and fiction. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers... Read More →
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Yang Huang

Yang Huang grew up in China’s Jiangsu province and participated in the 1989 student uprisings. Her debut novel, Living Treasures, won the Nautilus Book Award silver medal in fiction, and her essays and short stories have appeared in The Margins, Eleven Eleven, Asian Pacific American... Read More →