Asian American Author Series

The Asian American Author Series brings outstanding Asian American authors to Chinese audience to introduce their literary works and talk about the experiences of American multiculturalism. 

Award winning authors Shirley Lim and Karen Yamashita were the most recent authors featured in the series. In early October 2018, Lim and Yamashita held a series of lectures and discussion sessions at several locations including Renmin University, the Beijing American Center, Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), Literary Shanghai, East China Normal University (ECNU), Duke Kunshan University, and the Shanghai American Center.

The Asian American Author Series launched in November 2012 with award-winning Chinese American author Gish Jen. It has since featured Shirley Lim (2018), Karen Yamashita (2018), Cheryl Tan (2018), Helen Zia (2017), Shawn Wong (2013), and Gish Jen (2012). 

With this program, USCET hopes to expand Chinese students and scholars’ knowledge about particular ethnic groups living in the US, as another important way to understand America.  The four authors spoke of the Asian American experience, about stereotypes, discrimination, and perceptions.  They tried to inspire Chinese audiences to think of America in new perspectives, which may not be widely known to people in China today.