WildChina Book Club:
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (Event #84)

WildChina Book Club: <br>Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (Event #84)

WildChina Book Club:
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (Event #84)

Snow Flower and the Secret FanFor our July book club, we’re reading Snow Flower and the Secret Fan in preparation for our chat with the author, Lisa See.

“A language kept a secret for a thousand years forms the backdrop for an unforgettable novel of two Chinese women whose friendship and love sustains them through their lives.

This absorbing novel – with a storyline unlike anything Lisa See has written before – takes place in 19th century China when girls had their feet bound, then spent the rest of their lives in seclusion with only a single window from which to see. Illiterate and isolated, they were not expected to think, be creative, or have emotions. But in one remote county, women developed their own secret code, nu shu – “women’s writing” – the only gender-based written language to have been found in the world. Some girls were paired as “old-sames” in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their windows to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments.

An old woman tells of her relationship with her “old-same,” their arranged marriages, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood—until a terrible misunderstanding written on their secret fan threatens to tear them apart. With the detail and emotional resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan delves into one of the most mysterious and treasured relationships of all time—female friendship.”

 

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Speaker for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

WildChina Book Club: <br>Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (Event #84)Lisa See

Author @Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. Lisa has also written a mystery series that takes place in China. Her books have been published in 39 languages. She was the recipient of the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Association of Southern California and the History Maker’s Award from the Chinese American Museum. She was also named National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women.

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Date

2021 Jul 29
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China Time
9:00 am - 10:00 am

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  • Timezone: Asia/Shanghai
  • Date: 2021 Jul 29
  • Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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  • Mei Zhang
    Mei Zhang
    Founder and CEO of WildChina

    Mei Zhang is the founder and CEO of WildChina. Under her leadership, WildChina flourished from a small Hutong operation into an award-winning business. Mei’s own expertise has led her to win a number of personal awards, including Travel and Leisure’s A-List of Top Travel Advisors, Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialist, and Wendy Perrin’s #WOW List of Travel Experts. Mei is an Aspen Institute China Fellow and currently serves as a member of Harvard Business School’s Alumni Board.