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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Anchee Min  

Pen Name: None


Born: Shanghai, China

-- Anchee Min on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Anchee Min hasmoved to Chicago when she came to America in 1984.

Biographical and Professional Information

Min was sent to a labor camp at age 17, where she was discovered by talent scouts. She worked as an actress at the Shanghai Film Studio and went to the United States in 1984 with the help of actress Joan Chen. Once here she worked as a waitress, messenger, gallery attendant, and construction worker, and also attended the School of the Art Institute.Min is a painter, photographer, musician, and author who lives in San Francisco and Shanghai.

Published Works

  • Red Azalea, Berkley Publishing , 1995
  • Katherine, Putnam Publishing Group, 1995
  • Becoming Madame Mao, Mariner Book, 2001
  • Wild Ginger, Mariner Book, 2004
  • Empress Orchid , Houghton Mifflin, 2004
  • The Last Empress, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2008
  • Pearl of China: A Novel, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2010

Selected Titles At Your Library

Red Azalea /
ISBN: 1400096987. OCLC Number:

Anchor Books,. New York :. 2006.

A woman who grew up in China during its Cultural Revolution describes the grueling physical labor she endured on Red Fire Farm, her forced segregation from men, her sexual relationship with her platoon leader, and her introduction to acting.

Katherine /
ISBN: 0425180239. OCLC Number:

Berkley Books,. New York :. 2001.

"The story of Zebra Wong, a Chinese girl whose pragmatic mind conflicts with her passionate heart; Lion Head, her classmate, whose penchant for romantic intrigue belies his political ambitions, and Katherine, the seductive American with the red lipstick and the wild laugh who teaches them English and other foreign concepts: individualism, sensuality, the Beatles"

Becoming Madame Mao /
ISBN: 0749005025. OCLC Number:

Allison & Busby,. London :. 2001, ©2000.

Empress Orchid /
ISBN: 0618562036. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 2004.

A fictional portrait of the last empress of China follows Orchid, a beautiful teenager from an aristocratic family, who is chosen to become a low-ranking concubine of the emperor and rises to a position of power in the Chinese court.

The last empress /
ISBN: 0747593167. OCLC Number:

Bloomsbury,. London :. 2008.

At the end of the nineteenth century China is rocked by foreign attacks and local rebellions. The only constant is the power wielded by one woman, Tzu Hsi, also known as Empress Orchid, who must face the perilous condition of her empire and devastating personal losses. In this sequel to the bestselling "Empress Orchid", Anchee Min brings to life one of the most important figures in Chinese history, a very human leader who sacrifices all she has to protect both those she loves and her doomed empire.

Pearl of China :
ISBN: 1596916974. OCLC Number:

Bloomsbury,. New York :. 2010.

In the small southern town of Chin-kiang, in the last days of the nineteenth century, young Willow and young Pearl S. Buck, the headstrong daughter of zealous Christian missionaries, bump heads and embark on a friendship that will sustain both of them through one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history.


Carl Sandburg Literary Award, 1993, for Red Azalea

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