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Lisa See

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Lisa See was born in Paris but grew up in Los Angeles, spending much of her time in Chinatown. She is of Chinese decent. Her first book, On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995), was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book. The book traces näytä lisää the journey of Lisa's great-grandfather, Fong See. Her first fiction novel, Flower Net (1997) was a national bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and on the Los Angeles Times Best Books List for 1997. Flower Net was also nominated for an Edgar award for best first novel. In addition to writing books, Ms. See was the Publishers Weekly West Coast Correspondent for 13 years. Her bestselling novels, all inspired by her Chinese heritage, include Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, A Peony in Love, Shanghi Girls, Dreams of Joy and China Dolls. Among her awards and recognitions are the Organization of Chinese Americans Women's 2001 award as National Woman of the Year and the 2003 History Makers Award presented by the Chinese American Museum. See serves as a Los Angeles City Commissioner. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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(eng) Lisa See collaborated with her mother Carolyn See and her mother's companion John Espey to write several novels, published under the pseudonym Monica Highland.

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Tekijän teokset

Lumikukka ja salainen viuhka (2005) 11,313 kappaletta, 442 arvostelua
Shanghain tytöt (2009) 4,664 kappaletta, 301 arvostelua
Pionin rakkaus (2007) 3,268 kappaletta, 148 arvostelua
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (2017) 1,824 kappaletta, 108 arvostelua
Dreams of Joy (2011) 1,804 kappaletta, 137 arvostelua
The Island of Sea Women (2019) 1,719 kappaletta, 95 arvostelua
China Dolls (2014) 1,168 kappaletta, 76 arvostelua
Lady Tan's Circle of Women (2023) 866 kappaletta, 47 arvostelua
Kiinalainen verkko (1997) 677 kappaletta, 23 arvostelua
Dragon Bones (2003) 540 kappaletta, 7 arvostelua
The Interior (1999) 423 kappaletta, 12 arvostelua
Three Red Princess Mysteries (2013) 4 kappaletta
Shanghai Girls | Dreams of Joy (2013) 4 kappaletta

Associated Works

My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop (2012) — Avustaja — 568 kappaletta, 15 arvostelua
Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural (1998) — Avustaja — 139 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most (2013) — Avustaja — 98 kappaletta, 18 arvostelua
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan [2011 film] (2014) — Original book — 74 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Making More Waves: New Writing by Asian American Women (1997) — Avustaja — 65 kappaletta

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Virallinen nimi
Kendall, Lisa See
Muut nimet
Highland, Monica (pseudonym)
See, Lisa
Syntymäaika
1955-02-18
Sukupuoli
female
Kansalaisuus
USA
Syntymäpaikka
Parijs, Frankrijk
Asuinpaikat
Los Angeles, California, USA
Koulutus
Loyola Marymount University
Ammatit
writer
novelist
Suhteet
See, Carolyn (mother)
Organisaatiot
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Monument Authority (Los Angeles City Commissioner)
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Organization of Chinese American Women (National Woman of the Year, 2001)
Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award (2003)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
See www.lisasee.com/Bio.htm
Lisa See is an American writer and novelist. Her books include On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995), a detailed account of See's family history, and the novels Flower Net (1997), The Interior (1999), Dragon Bones (2003), Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2005), Peony in Love (2007) and Shanghai Girls (2009), which made it to the 2010 New York Times bestseller list. Both Shanghai Girls and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan received honorable mentions from the Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature.

See's novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (2017), is a powerful story about circumstances, culture, and distance among the Akha people of Xishuangbanna, China. It paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond of family.

See's most recent novel, The Island of Sea Women, is a story about female friendship and family secrets on Jeju Island before, during and in the aftermath of the Korean War. It was released on March 5, 2019.

Flower Net, The Interior, and Dragon Bones make up the Red Princess mystery series. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love focus on the lives of Chinese women in the 19th and 17th centuries respectively. Shanghai Girls (2009) chronicles the lives of two sisters who come to Los Angeles in arranged marriages and face, among other things, the pressures put on Chinese-Americans during the anti-Communist mania of the 1950s. See completed a sequel titled Dreams of Joy, released in May 2011. China Dolls (June 2014) deals with Chinese American nightclub performers of the 1930s and 1940s.

Writing under the pen name Monica Highland, See, her mother Carolyn See, and John Espey, published two novels: Lotus Land (1983), 110 Shanghai Road (1986), and Greetings from Southern California (1988), a collection of early 20th Century postcards and commentary on the history they represent. She has a personal essay ("The Funeral Banquet") included in the anthology Half and Half.

See has donated her personal papers (1973–2001) to UCLA. During the 2012 Golden Dragon Chinese New Year Parade in Los Angeles Chinatown, See served as the Grand Marshal.
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Lisa See collaborated with her mother Carolyn See and her mother's companion John Espey to write several novels, published under the pseudonym Monica Highland.

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On Gold Mountain, Lisa See, World Reading Circle (elokuu 2013)

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De acuerdo con los valores de Confucio, «una mujer educada es una mujer inútil», pero Tan Yunxian, nacida en una familia de élite, es criada en condiciones excepcionales. Su abuela es una de las pocas doctoras que hay en China, y enseña a Yunxian los pilares de la medicina, los Cuatro Exámenes —mirar, escuchar, tocar y preguntar—, algo que un hombre nunca puede hacer con una paciente. Desde pequeña, Yunxian aprende sobre remedios herbales y enfermedades femeninas junto a una joven comadrona, Meiling, con quien forja una gran amistad. Pero cuando Yunxian es enviada a un matrimonio concertado, su suegra le prohíbe verla y ayudar a las mujeres y niñas de la casa, pues debe cumplir con sus deberes de esposa.… (lisätietoja)
 
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fewbach | Jul 15, 2024 |
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See is a historical fiction novel set on the Korean island of Jeju. It is the story of two haenyeo who form a deep friendship as children but circumstances in later life tears them apart. Haenyeo are South Korean female divers whose livelihood consists of harvesting a variety of shellfish, seaweed and other sea life from the ocean. They are known for their independent spirit and determination, and on the island of Jeju the haenyeo are the matriarchs of their families.

Young-Sook’s mother is the head of the local diving collective so she has been training to become a diver all of her life. Mi-ja moves to the village after the death of her Japanese collaborator father so she is not fully accepted by others. Both girls train together and form a bond with other. Japan has control of Korea through the years leading up to World War II and after the war, Korea goes through years of uncertainty as the communists take the north part of the country and the Americans try to keep the south from being absorbed. Koreans aren’t really given a choice, they are expected to follow whatever policy their current overlords have decided upon.

The Island of Sea Women is a slow paced, multi-generational story that is rich in details as the author explores culture, history, economy, politics and family relationships. I always find Lisa See’s novels memorable but in this case I wasn’t as interested in the story as I would have hoped. I think the author did some amazing research but perhaps all these facts took away from the heart of the story.
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DeltaQueen50 | 94 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 9, 2024 |
This was a great read about a Chinese woman becoming a doctor in the 15th century. It is loosely based on a real life story. It was obvious that the author had researched extensively about Chinese medical practices from that time as it goes into great detail. The characters are well developed and their interactions with each other were interesting to read. This is a topic I knew very little about and found it be fascinating.
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tinkerbellkk | 46 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 3, 2024 |
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is my third novel by Lisa See and this familiarity with her writing style made for a quick and easy entry into the narrative. Li-yan is born in a remote mountain village in Yunnan in Southern China.

While set in more recent times, the remote nature of the Akha people in the village and the tea growing and processing practices gave the first half of the novel a feeling of taking place much earlier than 1988.

Li-yan grows up learning the traditions of her people in a village without electricity and never having seen a car. We learn early on that the ruma - spirit priest - is the headman, and the nima - shaman - has the power to determine incantations to heal and determine vitality.

Furthermore, Li-yan explains the village hierarchy as follows:

"These men are followed next by all grandfathers, fathers, and males of any age. My mother is ranked first among women not only in our village but on the entire mountain. She is a midwife and so much more, treating men, women, and children as they pass through their lives. She's also known for her ability to interpret dreams." Page 4

Li-yan doesn't want to follow in her mother's footsteps to become a midwife in a culture where the birth of twins is considered taboo, as only animals, demons and spirits give birth to litters.

Relatably, Li-yan struggles against numerous elements of her culture:
"Until today, I've never been a troublemaker. I never cross my legs around adults, I accept my parents' words as good medicine, and I always cover my mouth to hide my teeth when I smile or laugh." Page 12

Instead Li-yan seeks knowledge, which eventually takes her out of the village and away from her heritage while maintaining her connection to the tea growing and selling industry. The narrative takes the reader through her discovery of technology and adjustment to China in the 1990s, but it always comes back to tea.

"The color of the brew is rich and dark with mystery. The first flavor is peppery, but that fades to divine sweetness. The history of my people shimmers in my bones. With every sip, it's as if I'm wordlessly reciting the lineage. I'm at once merged with my ancestors and with those who'll come after me. I grew up believing that rice was to nourish and that tea was to heal. Now I understand that tea is also to connect and to dream." Page 175

If you're a novice or dedicated tea drinker or have a passing interest in the manufacture and process of tea making then there's ample history and material here to whet your whistle. Thanks to extensive research, there's an abundance of passages and prose celebrating the benefits of tea, the philosophy of tea and even the poetry of tea. As it is, I don't drink tea, but thanks to the descriptive writing I was at least able to respect the heritage and imagine the allure of pu'er tea and the various effects achieved with every harvest.

What really drives the novel forward though are the relationships between mothers and daughters and Li-yan's own sense of self. These themes are echoed in Lady Tan's Circle of Women (2023) and The Island of Sea Women (2019), both written by Lisa See and set in China and Korea respectively. Published in 2017, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane precedes both of these titles and by reading these stand-alone novels in reverse order I can definitely see an improvement in the intervening years.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See is recommended for tea drinkers and tea aficionados who enjoy historical fiction set in China with a maternal undercurrent and a clever ending.

* Copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster *
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Carpe_Librum | 107 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 1, 2024 |

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