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Author Study: Lisa See Curated by Emilie Zhang '20

This is a Libguide dedicated to Chinese-American author Lisa See, her works, and the intricate aspects of Chinese culture within them.






Ahmed, Beenish. “The Lost Poetry of the Angel Island Detention Center.” The New Yorker, The New Yorker, 10 July 2017,


Boo, James. “Fu Run - Candied Taro Dessert (Ba Si) - 40-09 Prince St. - Flushing - Queens, New York.” The Eaten Path RSS, 7 May 2011,


“Book Review: Lisa See's The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.” South China Morning Post, South China Morning Post, 24 Mar. 2017,

Brock, Zoë. "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Characters: Madame Wang." LitCharts. LitCharts LLC, 27 Jun 2017. Web. 13 Dec 2018.

Channel 湖南卫视芒果TV官方频道 China HunanTV Official. “天天向上-精彩片段-谭盾‘女书‘片段震撼上演 感染全场-【湖南卫视官方版1080P】20140611.” YouTube, YouTube, 11 June 2014,

Che, Jennifer. “Yunnan China - Exploring Food from the Akha Minority Group - Akha Food (Akazhai).” Tiny Urban Kitchen, 26 Apr. 2018,

Cheng, Scarlet. “It Began With a Family Secret.” Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2000,

“Compressed Tea.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 22 Mar. 2018,

Davies, Dolores. “Geisel Library Exhibit Sheds Light on Chinese Workers Who Built Transcontinental Railway.” UC San Diego UC San Diego News Center, 2016,

Diao, Ying. “Echoes of History: Chinese Poetry at the Angel Island Immigration Station.” Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Institution, 2017,


“Dreaming.” UC Press Blog, UC Press Blog,

Eikenburg, Jocelyn. “Letticie ‘Ticie’ Pruett and Fong See from Lisa See's ‘On Gold Mountain.’” Speaking of China, Wordpress, 9 Oct. 2016,

Haas, Jane Glenn. “Mother and Daughter Writers Discuss Family Matters.” Orange County Register, Orange County Register, 1 May 2009,

Hilty, Anne. “Novelist Lisa See Sets Her Sights on Jeju.” JEJU WEEKLY, JEJU WEEKLY, 2016,

Hinsbergh, Gavin Van. “Chinese Foot Binding, Why Chinese Women Binded Foot in Ancient China.” ChinaHighlights, ChinaHighlights, 3 Sept. 2018,

“Laotong.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Oct. 2017,

"Lisa See." Newsmakers, vol. 4, Gale, 2010. Biography In Context, Accessed 14 Dec. 2018.

Lo, Lawrence. “Nushu.” Ancient Scripts: Hittite, Lawrence Lo,

Maslin, Janet. “2 Women Cling in a Culture of Bound Feet.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 15 Aug. 2005,

Motika, Libby. “Palisades' Carolyn See Captured SoCal Heartbeat.” Palisades News, Palisades News, 18 Aug. 2016,

Munoz, Nicolette A. “Chinese Exclusion Acts.” Chinese Family History Group of Southern California, 2009,

“Nüshu.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 22 Sept. 2018,

Purkaple, J Kevin T. “Fong See.” Find A Grave, Find A Grave, 2018,

“Religion & Other Beliefs.” Inside Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, 6 Aug. 2011,

Rourke, Mary. “Carolyn See, Award-Winning Southern California Writer, Dies at 82.” Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2016,

See, Carolyn. “Dreaming.” Google Books, University of California Press,

See, Lisa. Book Club: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (10 Copies). Random House, 2005.

See, Lisa. “Lisa's Latest Book: On Sale Now!” Lisa Sees Official Website, 2000,

See, Lisa. “On Gold Mountain.” Google Books, Google,

See, Lisa. Shanghai Girls. Paw Prints, 2010.

See, Lisa. “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.” Lisa Sees Official Website,


See, Lisa. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane: a Novel. Scribner, 2017.

TABOR, MARY B. W. “Mother, Daughter And Books Of Family.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 17 Aug. 1995,

Tan, Dun. “Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women.” Tan Dun, Tan Dun, 2013,

“Tan Dun.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 13 Dec. 2018,

Wallenfeldt, Jeff. “Angel Island Immigration Station.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 31 Mar. 2017,

Wong, Ling-Mei. “Author Lisa See Discusses Chinese Adoption in New Book.” Sampanorg, Sampan, 7 Apr. 2017,



(in order of appearance)



Context: Cultural Heritage

Influences: Identity

Literary Works

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird lane









Critical Reception