Lisa See: The Story Behind the Stories
February 16, 2022 at 7:30pm
Lisa See brilliantly illuminates the strong bonds between women, romantic love, and love of country. She is the New York Times
bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls,
and Dreams of Joy,
which debuted at #1. She is also the author of On Gold Mountain,
which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles. Her books have been published in 39 languages. Lisa 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.
Lisa’s new novel, The Island of Sea Women,
is about the free-diving women of South Korea’s Jeju Island. Booklist called The Island of Sea Women
“stupendous... enthralling... and engrossing.” Jodi Picoult has given her praise: “Lisa See excels at mining the intersection of family, friendship and history, and in her newest novel, she reaches new depths exploring the matrifocal haenyeo society in Korea, caught between tradition and modernization. Independent booksellers honored the novel by selecting it as an Indie Next pick, while Barnes & Noble chose the novel for its nationwide March 2019 Book Club.
As a longtime trustee of the University of California Press Foundation, Lisa endowed the Lisa See Endowment Fund in Southern California History and Culture.