Forbidden City

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Forbidden City

Vanessa Hua
October 8, 2022
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Koret Education Center, Asian Art Museum
$15 per person Society members; $20 per person non-members. Advance registration must be received by SAA by Oct. 2, 2022. All in-person event fees are after museum admission.

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Our Contemporary Author series continues with Vanessa Hua, author of the recently published novel Forbidden City. Vanessa will speak about her novel and give us insights into her craft as a writer and columnist.

Forbidden City has been called “masterful” and “epic” by critics. As Cathy Park Hong wrote in her review, the book is “...a grand, cinematic, and captivating novel...Forbidden City is both a passionate feminist recreation of Mei, Mao’s lover, and a meditation on how power corrodes human judgment.”

After the presentation, Vanessa Hua will be signing copies of her book, Forbidden City, which will be available for purchase at the Museum’s Cha May Ching Boutique.

Vanessa Hua is an award-winning author, writer, and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the author of Deceit and Other Possibilities and River of Stars. For the past two decades, she has been writing about Asia and the diaspora, filing stories from China, Burma, and South Korea. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic and Newsweek.

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