Lisa See

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Writer and novelist Lisa See (1955) was born in Paris but grew up and lives in Los Angeles. She graduated with a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in 1979. Her paternal great-grandfather was Chinese, which has had a great impact on her life and work. In On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995) she provides a detailed account of her family history. She has also written a crime trilogy, the Red Princess mystery series, which includes The Flower Net (1997), The Interior (1999) and Dragon Bones (2003). In this trilogy, Liu Hulan, a Beijing detective, investigates different crimes with the help of her lover David Stark, an assistant US attorney whom Liu Hulan met when they were both law students in the United States. In her novels Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2005), Peony in Love (2007), Shanghai Girls (2009), Dreams of Joy (2011) and, more recently, China Dolls (2014), Lisa See focuses on the lives of Chinese women. See has had a varied and active career characterised by her interest in the Chinese community in the United States. In her webpage http://www.lisasee.com/about-lisa-see/, we are told she was the Publishers Weekly West Coast Correspondent for thirteen years. As a freelance journalist, her articles have appeared in Vogue, Self, and More, as well as in numerous book reviews around the country. She wrote the libretto for Los Angeles Opera based on On Gold Mountain, which premiered in June 2000 at the Japan American Theatre followed by the Irvine Barclay Theatre. She also served as guest curator for an exhibit on the Chinese-American experience at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, which then traveled to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., in 2001. Ms. See then helped develop and curate the Family Discovery Gallery at the Autry Museum, an interactive space for children and their families that focuses on Lisa’s bi-racial, bi-cultural family as seen through the eyes of her father as a seven-year-old boy living in 1930s Los Angeles. She has designed a walking tour of Los Angeles Chinatown and wrote the companion guidebook for Angels Walk L.A. to celebrate the opening of the MTA’s Chinatown metro station. She also curated the inaugural exhibition—a retrospective of artist Tyrus Wong—for the grand opening of the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles.