Qian Julie Wang

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Promotional Partners: Asian American Historical Society,
In conversation with Jin-Ya Huang
Location: Horchow Auditorium
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.
Jin-Ya Huang is the founder of Break Bread, Break Borders, a culinary workforce training program designed to empower refugee women from war-torn countries to find food service job opportunities. With an eye towards new approaches to entrepreneurship, lifting women and improving race relations, Jin-Ya was named by D Magazine as one of "78 Women Who Make Dallas Great." 

“Heartrending, unvarnished, and powerfully courageous, this account of growing up undocumented in America will never leave you.” —GISH JEN


Horchow seating   
Public: $25
DMA, AAHS and USCCC Member/Educator: $20
Student: $10
Virtual tickets
Public: $12
DMA Member: $10
Public virtual ticket + book: $30
DMA virtual ticket + book: $28
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