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Beijing Bookworm bookstore talk

Dori Jones Yang gave a talk at The Bookworm bookstore and cafe in Beijing, China, oDori talking 2 for webn Dori with poster for webNovember 3. She showed  images and told stories about how she created a lover for Marco Polo in her historical novel, Daughter of Xanadu, as well as how she collaborated with Howard Schultz to write Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time. The audience asked many interesting questions for a lively discussion. 

 The Bookworm is a charming bookstore/bar/cafe in Beijing's Sanlitun District, and it specializes in English-language books. Highly recommended!

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After the Bitter Comes the Sweet

 

After_the_Bitter_cover.jpgDori Jones Yang is pleased to announce the publication of After the Bitter Comes the Sweet: How One Woman Weathered the Storms of China’s Recent History, by Yulin Wang Rittenberg, published by East West Insights in May 2015. Dori spent many months revising and polished this fascinating memoir of Yulin, wife of Sidney Rittenberg, a couple she knows and admires.

After the Bitter Comes the Sweet is the tumultuous life story of a Chinese woman whose loyalty to the Communist Party was shattered when her American husband, Sidney Rittenberg, was arrested on false charges and jailed for years.

Born into dire poverty during wartime China, as a young girl, Yulin found opportunity, education, and hope in the Communist Party. After foraging for weeds and scrounging for warm cinders spewed from passing trains, she was given the opportunity to learn radio technology and assigned to Beijing, where she rose to responsible positions within China’s Broadcast Administration. There she met and married Sidney Rittenberg, one of the first foreigners permitted to join the Communist Party of China. He had befriended Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, and the other founders and leaders of the Party in its early days before their victory in 1949.

Together, she and Sidney built a life full of promise, with four children.  But in 1968, their dreams were shattered when Sidney was thrown into prison, accused of spying for America. Reviled as a "dog-spy's wife," Yulin was confined, persecuted, sent to labor camp, and separated from her young children. 

After the Bitter Comes the Sweet is a tale of determination, resilience, and struggle, with lessons for any reader who faces what seems to be insurmountable troubles. As her difficulties worsened and her colleagues attacked her and even her parents, Yulin had to rely on her own resources. She learned how hard times bring out meanness in some people and kindness in others, how to focus her strength and resources on survival, and how to use her rational mind to face injustice.

This book casts a new light on the well-known story of Sidney Rittenberg, whose own memoir, The Man Who Stayed Behind, written with journalist Amanda Bennett, was published by Simon and Schuster in 1993. The remarkable and unique story of Sidney and Yulin was also told in an award-winning documentary, The Revolutionary, released in 2011.

After the Bitter Comes the Sweet, written with the assistance of Dori Jones Yang, is now available in paperback for $12.95 and Kindle e-book for $3.99.  

Chinese version of "Voices of the Second Wave"

Announcing: Chinese translation of "Voices of the Second Wave: Chinese Americans in Seattle," published by National Cheng Chi University in Taiwan. Calligraphy by Paul Yang.   This beautiful cover is very different from the English version.

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Celebrating the Chinese version of Voices of the Second Wave

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On January 27, Seattle's Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office held a celebration for the publication of the Chinese version of Voices of the Second Wave: Chinese Americans in Seattle. TECO Director General Andy Chin introduced us to National Chengchi University Press, which published the book. This picture shows Andy Chin presenting a letter of congratulation from NCCU to Maria Koh, who had the original vision for this book. Dori Jones Yang conducted the original interviews in English, compiled the book, and coordinated the Chinese translation.

Our celebration and press conference attracted more than 50 people from the greater Seattle area and even Portland, Oregon. Many Chinese Americans are now interested in oral history projects, and this book paved the way, in both English and Chinese. 

The Chinese version contains 28 of the original 35 life stories of Chinese Americans in the Seattle area who immigrated to the U.S. in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. They are called the "second wave" because they differ from the "first wave" of Cantonese-speaking immigrants who came to the West Coast as laborers. The "second wave" immigrants are mostly Mandarin speakers from all parts of China, and they came to study at universities and stayed to take professional jobs.  The Chinese version also includes a Preface by Chen Shyh-Kwei, Minister of the Overseas Community Affairs Council, a very high level government official in Taiwan. 

The Chinese version is available for sale only in Taiwan, but if you are in the U.S. and would like to purchase a copy from Dori Jones Yang, please contact her directly. 

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Introducing "Warm Cup of Wisdom"

CupOfWisdomCoverSmallEast West Insights announces the publication of WARM CUP OF WISDOM: Inspirational Insights on Relationships and Life.

Author Dori Jones Yang sits down with nine women she admires as wise and asks personal questions about how to navigate the second half of life.

With humility, honesty, and humor, these nine women open their lives to her with warm advice and touching stories. You'll find here a remarkable variety of insights about how to improve relationships, cope with tough emotions, navigate rocky transitions at midlife, and achieve a sense of calm and contentment.

This book provides a roadmap and a challenge for you to embark on your own "wisdom project." You will find wisdom all around you, if you dare to ask.

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