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Author Conversation: Belle Yang: Forget Sorrow

From Belle Yang's Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale. 

Part of the Citi Series on Asia in America

This is the New York launch of a remarkable debut graphic memoir by author Belle Yang (Hannah is My Name, The Odyssey of a Manchurian, and Baba: A Return to China Upon My Father's Shoulders). The author started drawing her memoir during a fearful time in her life when she was forced to hide out in her parents' home to escape an abusive ex-boyfriend turned stalker. During this time she discovered her Chinese parents' and grandparents' lives, a story of bitter struggle and loss but also one she and her family had come to recognize as Xuan to, "Forget sorrow," which is Belle Yang's Chinese name.

Belle Yang will be joined in a conversation by the artist, writer and designer Christine Norrie, whose work includes the graphic novel Cheat, the Oni Press series Hopeless Savages, and the teen drama Breaking Up.

Book sale and signing to follow. Shop AsiaStore for related books.

Please note: this event will also be a free live video webcast on AsiaSociety.org from 6:30 to 8:00 pm ET. Online viewers are encouraged to submit their questions to [email protected].

"Belle Yang is an American writer who writes in English and thinks in Chinese. Her writing feels Chinese. . . . It is as though we, the readers of English, can now miraculously read Chinese."
'Amy Tan


Event Details

Mon 10 May 2010
2:30pm - 4:30pm

725 Park Avenue, New York, NY

$10 Asia Society and AAWW members; $12 students with ID/seniors; $15 nonmembers