Hosted by The Detroit Jewish Book Fair
Qian Julie Wang discusses her new memoir, Beautiful Country: A Memoir, with local immigration lawyer Ruby Robinson.
About Beautiful Country: A Memoir (Click here to purchase)
In Chinese, the word for America, "Mei Guo," literally means “beautiful country.” Yet, when seven-year-old Qian arrived in New York City in 1994 full of curiosity, she was overwhelmed by crushing fear and scarcity. In China, Qian’s parents were professors; in America, her family was “illegal” and it required all the determination and small joys they could muster to survive. Inhabiting her childhood perspective with exquisite lyrical 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.