Novelist Lisa See

"Forgotten History:  The Lost Stories of Women's Lives in China"

All School Assembly
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
2:45 - 3:35 pm
*Parents are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to Jessica Eicher at 415.213.6111 or email
Book signing to follow program at the SF Waldorf High School

From Lisa See's highly regarded international bestseller Snow Flower and the Secret Fan to her bestseller, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See’s novels have been infused with her Chinese heritage and her fascination with “forgotten history.” Snow Flower (2005) revolved around the secret language that women in a remote area of China invented and used to reach out of their isolation and communicate their joys and sorrows. Peony in Love (2007), based on the true story of three “lovesick maidens,” explored the ghost culture of China. And Shanghai Girls (2009) follows two sisters from the glamour and freedom of pre-World War II Shanghai in the 1930s to the hardships of arranged marriages and life as immigrants to Los Angeles. Lisa See latest novel Dreams of Joy (2011) is a coming of age story of a girl named Joy set in China during Mao's Great Leap Forward.

Lisa See was born in Paris and grew up in Los Angeles. She lived with her American mother, author Carolyn See, but spent a lot of time with her father’s family in Chinatown. Her first book, On Gold Mountain (1995), which was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book, traced the journey of her great-grandfather Fong See, who overcame obstacles at every step to become the 100-year-old godfather of Los Angeles’ Chinatown and patriarch of a sprawling family.

In addition, Lisa See wrote a libretto for the Los Angeles Opera based on On Gold Mountain and has served as guest curator for an exhibit on the Chinese-American experience for the Autry Museum of Western Heritage and the Smithsonian.  She developed a walking tour of L.A.’s Chinatown and curated the inaugural exhibition for the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles.  She was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001 and was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Maker Award in 2003.