NEW YORK, March 6, 2014 - Chinese American author Amy Tan joins Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations Orville Schell to discuss her latest book, The Valley of Amazement, where she finds inspiration from her family's history, especially from early 1900's-era Shanghai. The duo discuss the reconstruction of memory and family stories for fiction writing. (1 hr. 16 min.)
Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and dean at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of 14 books, nine of them about China, and a contributor to numerous edited volumes. His most recent books are Virtual Tibet, The China Reader, and Mandate of Heaven. He is also a contributor to such magazines as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and many others. He is a fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, a senior fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a recipient of the Overseas Press Club Award and the Harvard-Stanford Shorenstein Prize for Asian Reporting.
Amy Tan is author of six bestselling books, most recently, 2013’s The Valley of Amazement. She is also creator of the libretto for San Francisco Opera’s production of her book, The Bonesetter’s Daughter. As dominatrix singer for the Rock Bottom Remainders, she has helped raise millions for literacy.