WPSU 'Conversation' addresses author's journey to discover heritage

University Park, Pa.— Feeling like an outsider in one's surroundings can be daunting for anyone. Whether it's a red-haired American girl trying to explore her Chinese roots or a 17th century Chinese woman trying to rise above the isolation of village life, learning about one's heritage is an essential part of developing a strong sense of self. On the next episode of "Conversations From Penn State," best-selling author Lisa See, who is one-eighth Chinese, discusses how her writing, travel and research has affected the way she views herself and the world around her. The show will air on WPSU-TV at 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 15. It also will air on the Big Ten Network at noon on Monday, July 19, and at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27. The show also can be viewed at http://conversations.psu.edu/ online.

“I feel very comfortable and at home in China Town (near Los Angeles) and yet no matter what I am never going to be fully accepted there,” See said. “When I go to China, it's like a larger version of China Town because of how I look, I will never be completely accepted there.”

In addition to "On Gold Mountain," See has written critically acclaimed bestsellers including "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" and "Peony in Love." Her most recent novel, "Shanghai Girls," follows the lives of two sisters living in 1930s Shanghai whose carefree lives are turned upside down when their father gambles the family fortune away.

"Conversations from Penn State" is a series hosted by veteran interviewer Patty Satalia. The program offers thoughtful, in-depth exchanges with a broad range of remarkable people. For more than 20 years, Satalia has engaged dynamic individuals from all walks of life and areas of expertise. No matter the guest, she approaches each conversation with the same dedication to research and with a passion for helping people share their stories and insights with the world.

WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. Its public media services produce, acquire and distribute programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within central Pennsylvania.

Last Updated November 18, 2010