Books written and created

Books written, revised, or created by Dori Jones Yang

1. Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time, a business book written by Dori in collaboration with Howard Schultz, published 1997 by Hyperion.

2. The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang, a middle-grade children’s novel written by Dori, published 2001 by Pleasant Publications/American Girl. Republished by East West Insights in 2011.

3. The Brother Who Gave Rice, a children’s reader written by Dori under contract with Hampton-Brown, 2007.

4. Bring Me Three Gifts, a children’s reader written by Dori under contract with Hampton-Brown, 2007.

5. Daughter of Xanadu, a YA historical novel written by Dori, published 2011 by Delacorte Press/Random House.

6. Voices of the Second Wave: Chinese Americans in Seattle, a book of oral histories researched and created by Dori, published 2011 by East West Insights.

7. Son of Venice, sequel to Daughter of Xanadu, an historical novel written by Dori, published in 2012 by East West Insights.

8. From Luoyang to Kirkland: My Life’s Journey, by Paul J.C. Yang, interviewed and created by Dori, privately published 2013 through Blurb.

9. Cocoons of Silk: A True Romance from 1930s China, a memoir written by Yang Ping-Nan in the 1980s, translated by Dori and Paul Yang in 2012, published August 2012 by East West Insights.

10. A Hero in the Family, a short memoir piece written by Dori in 2013, privately published in 2013 through Blurb.

11. The Risk of Sharing Honestly, a book of sermons by James D. Patten, created and privately published by Dori in June 2014 through Blurb.

12. Warm Cup of Wisdom, Inspirational Insights on Relationships and Life, interviewed and created by Dori, published 2014 by East West Insights.

13. After the Bitter Comes the Sweet: How One Woman Weathered the Storms of China’s Recent History, by Yulin Wang Rittenberg, revised and polished by Dori, published 2015 by East West Insights

14. The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, a novel for children aged 10 and up, was published in August 2017 by SparkPress. 


Areas of Expertise

1. Public speaking. Over the past four years, Dori has honed her skills in public speaking in many different venues, including book clubs, associations, retirement communities, and schools. She enjoys sharing insights gained from her books and her research. If you would like to book her as a speaker, please check out "Speaking" tab above.

2. Coaching about self-publishing. Dori has coached several other authors through the process of self-publishing and is familiar with what it takes to publish in both print-on-demand paperbacks and e-books. In her own work, she has created books through Amazon's Createspace as well as She spoke on this topic at the national convention of the Independent Book Publishers Assocation in 2012.

3. Storycatching. Dori has interviewed many people about their life stories and enjoys capturing these stories and putting them in print. Voices of the Second Wave contains 35 such stories. She has also captured stories from her husband, Paul Yang; from Yulin Rittenberg,  a woman who endured China's Cultural Revolution; from two men who spoke their memoirs to her; and from the nine women she interviewed for Warm Cup of Wisdom. She and her husband also translated his father's memoirs about his life in China in the 1920s and 1930s and published it in English as Cocoons of Silk

About Dori

Dori Jones Yang, author

Dori Jones Yang has written, co-authored, compiled, and translated a wide variety of books, including historical fiction, inspiration, biographies, oral histories, and children’s books. A former foreign correspondent in Asia, she aims to build bridges between cultures and generations. Her lively new children's book, The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, published in 2017, tells of two brothers sent by the Emperor of China to live and learn in America in the 1870s.

Daughter of a bookseller, Dori grew up in Youngstown, Ohio. Her childhood was spent reading books and writing stories. In high school, she fell in love with foreign language and travel, starting with a summer in France.  After her father suggested a career in journalism, she began a summer internship with her hometown newspaper, The Vindicator, where she wrote feature stories and obituaries. At Princeton, she majored in history but spent most of her waking hours at the college newspaper, The Daily Princetonian.

After graduation, she won a Princeton-in-Asia fellowship and lived in Singapore for two years, teaching English and studying Mandarin Chinese. She traveled all over Asia on a shoestring and returned home through Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran, six months before the Shah fell. To deepen her understanding of these countries, she earned a master’s at Johns Hopkins in international affairs, with a focus on China.

The most exciting move of her journalism career was the day Business Week sent her to Hong Kong to be a foreign correspondent. The magazine's youngest foreign bureau chief, at age twenty-eight, she covered China and Southeast Asia, including the negotiations over Hong Kong’s future and the Tiananmen Square crisis in Beijing. During these eight years in Hong Kong, she met and married Paul Yang, and their daughter, Emily, was born.

After moving to the Seattle area in 1990, Dori covered Northwest companies for Business Week and later worked for U.S. News & World Report, covering Microsoft, Silicon Valley, and the dot-com boom and bust.

In 1995, she began writing books: business, children’s, young adult, oral history. Her first book, Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time, reached several bestseller lists and is still selling well. Her historical novels. Daughter of Xanadu  and Son of Venice, tell a story of cross-cultural romance: something she knows about personally! Her first children's book, The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang, won two awards.  Her 2017 children's book, The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, for readers 10 and up, won eight awards.

At Princeton, she studied writing with John McPhee. In Seattle, her mentor is novelist and nature writer Brenda Peterson. She earned two certificates in fiction writing from University of Washington and studied memoir writing with Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers.

Dori speaks Mandarin Chinese and has dabbled in French, Cantonese, Japanese, Spanish, German, Italian, and Malay. She also seeks joy in playing music, including piano, violin, cello, and the Chinese zither, called the guzheng. She has traveled widely throughout the world, including Mongolia, Tibet, and the Silk Road.

She loves speaking to libraries, schools, women's groups, and book clubs about her books. To inquire about scheduling a class visit or skype meeting, please see Contact page.