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Arts & Letters Live: Qian Julie Wang


Dallas Museum of Art

In Chinese, the word for America, “Mei Guo,” translates directly to “beautiful country.” Yet when seven-year-old Qian arrives in New York City in 1994, full of curiosity, she is overwhelmed by crushing fear and scarcity. In China, Qian Julie Wang’s parents were professors; in America, her family is “illegal.” A New York Times Notable Book, Wang’s memoir Beautiful Country is “a potent testament to the love, curiosity, grit, and hope of a courageous and resourceful immigrant child” (Kirkus, starred review). Inhabiting her childhood perspective with exquisite lyric clarity and unforgettable charm and strength, Qian Julie Wang has penned an essential American story about a family fracturing under the weight of invisibility, and a girl coming of age in the shadows who never stops seeking the light. A graduate of Yale Law School and Swarthmore College, Wang is now managing partner of Gottlieb & Wang LLP, a firm dedicated to advocating for education and civil rights.

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