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Contemporary Chinese Diasporic Fiction: Exploring and Exploding Identity

Join us for a reading and conversation with four outstanding Chinese writers whose works upend the notion of a monolithic Chinese identity and uncover a much more complicated story about the diversity of Chinese diasporic experiences in America: 2017 National Book Award finalist Lisa Ko (The Leavers), crime-writer-turned-YA-author Ed Lin (David Tung Can’t Have a Girlfriend Until He Gets into an Ivy League College), Smithsonian Ingenuity Award–recipient Mimi Lok (Last of Her Name), and Max Yeh (Stolen Oranges), whom E.L. Doctorow desribed as "a writer on a rampage."

February 20, 2020 5:00pm

Characters in the panelists’ recent books include an undocumented single mother who gets deported—leaving her eleven-year-old son behind; a sixteen-year-old boy whose social life revolves around weekend Chinese school in New York City’s Chinatown; a kung fu–fighting teenage girl in England; a homeless granny roaming the streets of Japan; and seventeenth-century Chinese emperor Wanli, who corresponds across the world with Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote.

Reception and book signing to follow.

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, January 23, at 9 a.m.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Meiling Cheng (Dramatic Arts and American Studies and Ethnicity), Sunyoung Lee (Kaya Press), and Jonathan Wang (Asian Pacific American Student Services).


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Los Angeles, California

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a talk with Teng Biao, a legal scholar and well-known human rights activist. 

April 9, 2020 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a talk with Julia Strauss on her new book, which focuses on the period 1949 to 1954 and compares how the Communist Party in China and the Nationalist Party in Taiwan sought to consolidate their authority and foster economic development.