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Lisa See is a Chinese American writer and novelist.
The Chinese side of her family has had a great impact on her life
and work. Her
books include On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year
Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995), Flower Net (1997),
Interior (1999), Dragon Bones (2003), Snow Flower and the Secret
Fan (2005), and Peony in Love (2007).
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
See's latest novel, 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
1950's. See is
currently working on a sequel.
Writing under the pen name Monica Highland, See, her mother Carolyn See, and John
published three novels: Lotus Land (1983), 110
Shanghai Road (1986), and Greetings from Southern
California (1988). She has written a personal essay ("The
Funeral Banquet") for Half and Half.
See has donated her personal papers (1973-2001) to UCLA.
Lisa See was born in Paris
February 18, 1955, but has
spent many years in Los
Angeles, especially Los Angeles
mother, Carolyn See,
is also a writer and novelist. Her autobiography provides insight
into her daughter's life in personal terms. Lisa
See graduated with a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in
See was West Coast correspondent for Publishers
Weekly (1983-1996); has
written articles for Vogue, Self, and
More; has written the libretto for the opera based on
On Gold Mountain,  and
has helped develop the Family Discovery Gallery for the Autry
Museum, which depicts 1930s Los Angeles from the perspective of her
father as a seven-year-old boy. Her exhibition On Gold
Mountain: A Chinese American Experience was featured in the
Autry Museum of Western Heritage, and
the Smithsonian. See
is also a public speaker.
She has written for and led in many cultural events emphasizing
the importance of Los Angeles and Chinatown. Among her awards and
recognitions are the Organization of Chinese American 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.
Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese
American Family. St. Martins Press, 1995.
Net. HarperCollins, 1997.
- The Interior. HarperCollins,
- Dragon Bones. Random House,
- Snow Flower and the Secret
Fan. Random House, Inc., 2005.
- Peony in
Love. Random House, Inc., 2007.
Girls. Random House, Inc., 2009.
- Chinatown (guidebook), Angels Walk LA, 2003.
Xian Liu, "Lisa Lenine See." In Asian American Novelists: A
Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Ed. Emmanuel S.
Nelson. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc. (2000), p.
"Lisa See with Daniel
Olivas." "The Elegant Variation" (10/03/07).
Amy S. Rosenberg, "Novels
Focused on Her Family Lineage", 05/26/2009.
Clara Sturak, "The Last Man of
Letters, UCLA Magazine, Spring 2001
O'Hearn, Claudine Chiawei, ed. Half and Half: Writers on
Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural. See, Lisa. "The Funeral
Banquest", pp. 125-138, Pantheon Books, 1998
Lisa See Papers, 1973-2001. Collection Number 564). Department of
Special Collections, Department of Special Collections, Charles E.
Young Research Library, UCLA
Xian Liu, p. 323
Dreaming: Hard Luck and Good Times in America, Los
Angeles: University of California Press, 1996
"Biography", Barnes and
Xian Liu, p. 324
"On Gold Mountain: An Opera"
On Gold Mountain: A Chinese
American Experience -- the Autry Museum of Western Heritage
On Gold Mountain: A Chinese
American Experience -- the Smithsonian Institution (2001)
"About the Author," Lisa See official web
- Fenby, Jonathan. Modern China. New York: HarperCollins
- Gifford, Rob. China Road: A Journey into the Future of a
Rising Power. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks
- Liu, Xian. "Lisa Lenine See". In Asian American Novelists:
A Bio-Biblical Critical Sourcebook, pp. 323-331. Ed. Nelson,
Emmanuel S. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group Inc.
- Pan, Philip P. Out of Mao's Shadow. New York: Simon
and Schuster (2008).
- See, Carolyn. Dreaming: Hard Luck and Good Times in
America. Los Angeles: University of California Press
- See, Lisa. Peony in Love. New York: Random House Trade
Lisa See on Her Life and
- See interview in
- Opera based on On
- Lisa See, "The
Funeral Banquet", Half and Half, pp. 125-138.
Edited by Claudine Chiawei O'Hearn. New York: Pantheon Books,
- "Lisa See at the
Mercantile Library" (video), 09/18/2008
- See interviewed by Ron
- Elisabeth Sherwin,
"See The Interior through the eyes of someone
who's been there", 11/14/1999
- Lisa See, "On Writing
- Lisa See, "China's
Lovesick Maidens" (video)
- "Lisa See: Author of Snow
Flower and the Secret Fan. Waterbridge Review,
- "Lisa See with Daniel
Olivas." "The Elegant Variation", 10/03/2007
- Lisa See on Peony
in Love Blog Talk Radio, 07/01/2008
- "A Conversation with Carolyn
and Lisa See"
- Diana Raabe, "Seeing
Ghosts: A Conversation with Author Lisa See",