Chinese writer Anchee Min tells her stories

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Anchee Min will read from and discuss her novel “Pearl of China” as part of the University of Iowa International Programs series “Prairie InSight” at 5 p.m. Monday, April 26, at Prairie Lights Books in downtown Iowa City.

Min was born in Shanghai in 1957. During the Cultural Revolution, she was sent to work in a labor collective. While in the collective, 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.

“Pearl of China” explores a fictional friendship between Willow, a young Chinese girl, and Pearl, the daughter of zealous Christian missionaries. Pearl is 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 Min was ordered to denounce as an American imperialist during the Cultural Revolution.

Panelists for the discussion are Cynthia Feng and Su HongJun, and Sharon Benzoni hosts the program. “Prairie InSight” is produced by International Programs in collaboration with Prairie Lights Books and KRUI-FM. Sharon Benzoni is the host.

For more information, visit Prairie Lights Books Web site.

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