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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.


Carl Sandburg Literary Award, 1993, for Red Azalea

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A novel
ISBN: 9780749040505. OCLC Number: 879335422

Allison & Busby,. .

This is an evocation of the woman who married Chairman Mao and fought to succeed him. The unwanted daughter of a concubine, she refused to have her feet bound, ran away to join an opera troupe and eventually met Mao Zedong in the mountains of Yenan.

Becoming Madame Mao /
ISBN: 0749005025. OCLC Number: 47727225

Allison & Busby,. .

Empress Orchid /
ISBN: 0618562036. OCLC Number: 53840288

Houghton Mifflin,. .

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.

Katherine /
ISBN: 0425180239. OCLC Number: 45394066

Berkley Books,. .

"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"

Pearl of China :
ISBN: 1596916974. OCLC Number: 401152796

Bloomsbury,. .

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.

Red azalea
ISBN: 9781977327673. OCLC Number: 1037123287

Tantor Media,. .

A revelatory and disturbing portrait of China, this is Anchee Min's celebrated memoir of growing up in the last years of Mao's China. As a child, Min was asked to publicly humiliate a teacher; at seventeen, she was sent to work at a labor collective. Forbidden to speak, dress, read, write, or love as she pleased, she found a lifeline in a secret love affair with another woman. Miraculously selected for the film version of one of Madame Mao's political operas, Min's life changed overnight. Then Chairman Mao suddenly died, taking with him an entire world.

Red Azalea /
ISBN: 1400096987. OCLC Number: 67996524

Anchor Books,. .

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.

The last empress
ISBN: 0618531467. OCLC Number: 71348717

Houghton Mifflin,. .

From the Publisher: The last decades of the nineteenth century were a violent period in China's history, marked by humiliating foreign incursions and domestic rebellions and ending in the demise of the Ch'ing Dynasty. The only constant during this tumultuous time was the power wielded by one woman, the resilient, ever-resourceful Tsu Hsi-or Empress Orchid, as readers came to know her in Anchee Min's critically acclaimed, best-selling novel covering her rise to power. The Last Empress is the story of Orchid's dramatic transition from a strong-willed, instinctive young woman to a wise and politically savvy leader who ruled China for more than four decades. In this concluding volume Min gives us a compelling, very human leader who assumed power reluctantly and sacrificed all to protect those she loved and an empire that was doomed to die.

The last empress
ISBN: 9781408828991. OCLC Number: 906827147

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The last empress /
ISBN: 0747593167. OCLC Number: 233814379

Bloomsbury,. .

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.

Wild Ginger
ISBN: 9780547349374. OCLC Number: 754367221

Houghton Mifflin,. .

The beautiful, iron-willed Wild Ginger is only in elementary school when we first meet her, but already she has been singled out by the Red Guards for her foreign-colored eyes. Her classmate Maple is also a target of persecution. The novel chronicles the two girls' maturing in Shanghai in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when Chairman Mao ruled absolutely and his followers took up arms in his name. Wild Ginger grows up to be a model Maoist, but her love for a man soon places her in an untenable position--and ultimately in mortal danger.--Page 4 of cover.