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Lisa See

Birthdate: 18. February 1955

Lisa See is an American writer and novelist. Her books include On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family , a detailed account of See's family history, and the novels Flower Net , The Interior , Dragon Bones , Snow Flower and the Secret Fan , Peony in Love and Shanghai Girls , which made it to the 2010 New York Times bestseller list. Both Shanghai Girls and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan received honorable mentions from the Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature.

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 respectively. Shanghai Girls 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 1950s. See completed a sequel titled Dreams of Joy, released in May 2011. China Dolls deals with Chinese American nightclub performers of the 1930s and 1940s. Her latest novel is The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane .

Writing under the pen name Monica Highland, See, her mother Carolyn See, and John Espey, published three novels: Lotus Land , 110 Shanghai Road , and Greetings from Southern California . She has written a personal essay for Half and Half.

See has donated her personal papers to UCLA. During the 2012 Golden Dragon Chinese New Year Parade in Los Angeles Chinatown, See served as the Grand Marshal.

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