Her mother, Carolyn See, was a notable writer herself. Having won numerous prizes and having taught creative writing at UCLA, Carolyn See was an enormous inspiration for Lisa See's literary journey.
With only 1/8 Chinese blood, See regards her Chinese heritage as a central pillar in her multi-faceted identity. This is reflected in her works, as she specializes in the Chinese-American literary genre--a minority in American literature--and often creates a Chinese-American setting for her characters.
In 2001, See was awarded the National Woman of the Year from the Organization of Chinese American Women. In 2003, she was presented the History Makers Award by the Chinese American Museum.
On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Peony In Love
Dreams of Joy
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane