As part of the Prairie InSight series, Anchee Min will read from her new novel, Pearl of China. Anchee Min was born in Shanghai in 1957. During The Cultural Revolution, she was sent to work in a labor collective. While she was there a talent scout for Madame Mao's Shanghai Film Studio recruited her to work in propaganda films. Min moved to the United States in 1984. Her first book, the memoir Red Azalea, became an international bestseller. Ambitious and deeply moving, Pearl of China explores a fictional friendship between Willow, a young chinese girl, and Pearl, the daughter of zealous Christian missionaries. Pearl is, of course, Pearl S. Buck, a woman whose unwavering love for the country of her youth eventually led her to be hailed as a national heroine in China – A national heroine that Anchee Min was ordered to denounce as an American imperialist during The Cultural Revolution.
Listen to an audio recording of this reading here