Heard on Campus: Lisa See at the Penn State Forum

" 'Snow Flower and the Secret Fan' obviously was actually a life-changing experience for me, to write that book. It changed how I approached writing. 'Peony in Love' changed how I approached writing even more. This is about the 17th-century women writers in China, and one of the things they believed was that you have to cut to the bone to write. That really has inspired me to keep going to that deep, harder place to get to."

-- Author and Los Angeles City Commissioner Lisa See, spoke April 5 on the topic “The Secrets We Keep: Finding the Lost Voice of China, Women and Our Families" at the Penn State Forum luncheon, held at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, University Park. See is probably best known for the critically acclaimed historical novel "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," for which she traveled to a remote area of China to research the secret writing invented, used and kept a secret by women for more than 1,000 years. She has written eight books, including six novels, a guidebook of Los Angeles Chinatown and her first book, "On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family" (1995). It was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book. The book traces the journey of her great-grandfather, Fong See, who overcame obstacles at every step to become the 100-year-old godfather of Los Angeles’ Chinatown and the patriarch of a sprawling family.

The 2009-2010 Penn State Forum Speaker Series concludes on Thursday, April 29, with Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria speaking on the topic, "Corruption, The Greatest Single Bane of Our Society Today.” For more information, visit http://live.psu.edu/story/40651 online.

Last Updated November 18, 2010