Comfort Women were females who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Military in occupied countries during the Second World War. With the help of Julie Tang, I had interviewed Wei Shao-lan in her hometown of Guiling, China, in 2017. Now I was scheduled to speak at her funeral.
My husband Bob and I traveled to Shanghai last year to visit the area where I grew up, and while we were there we met Jane Chang and Jonathan Chan. The husband and wife team were in the process of developing a four star luxury hotel: the Holiday Inn Shanghai West located at 2000 Hu Qing Ping Road. Telephone 86-21-3973-8888.
When we showed Jane and Jonathan photographs of Bob’s large abstract painting “Algal Rhythms,” they commissioned him to create a similar work for their hotel lobby.
Bob worked tirelessly for a long time to complete the painting. The result was “Curvilinear Algal Rhythms,” a spectacular 6ft by 10ft canvas (the largest Bob has ever painted) dotted with graceful forms and flowing lines. The owners of the hotel loved the painting so much that they purchased five other paintings of Bob’s from Marion Meyer Fine Art Gallery in Laguna Beach, where Bob’s paintings are currently represented.
A couple of weeks ago we celebrated the unveiling of Bob’s painting with a party at our home in Laguna Beach. This video footage was taken at that event, and we hope you can sense the festive excitement and that wonderful feeling of kindred spirits coming together to toast my husband’s talent. He has certainly been a constant source of inspiration to me during the 39 years of our marriage.
I hope that you will be enjoying the company of loved ones during the coming Chinese New Year on February 3rd, 2011, Year of the Rabbit.
When I was a little school girl in Shanghai, it was the ambition of all my classmates to learn English. Now that I am old and living in California, everyone is asking me the best way to learn Chinese.
How the world has changed! Is Chinese difficult? Yes and No. The good news is that Chinese has practically no grammar: no singular or plural, no masculine and feminine nouns, no past, present and future tenses. The bad news is that every Chinese character is a picture that needs to be memorized. But there are shortcuts available.
I wish to thank every reader who visits my website. It’s great to hear from you. In return, I would like to give you a present.
All of us recognize that China will probably become the world’s largest economy in twenty years’ time. Knowing Chinese will not only give you understanding of China’s history and culture, it will also create endless opportunities for a brilliant future.
Please click on ChineseCharacterADay and sign up for free Chinese lessons. That is my gift to you.
On September 25, 2010 at 3pm, Adeline will be giving a talk at Mission Viejo Readers’ 2010 Festival. Her talk will be held at the Palo Verde Room . For more information please click here or on the banner above.
For those of you who visit my website and write to me, would you like me to teach you the Chinese language?
I went to Borders the other day and looked at a Chinese dictionary as well as an electronic tool for learning Chinese. To my amazement, the price came to US$600.25! $12.95 for the dictionary, and $539.00 for the electronic CD. Together with State and local tax, this amounted to $600.25!
My heart went out to the students who wish to learn Chinese. How can anyone afford this sort of charges?
Then and there, I decided to launch my own program to teach Chinese to every woman, man or child who wishes to learn the language. AT NO COST WHATSOEVER! Let this be my gift to you.
If you are interested, all you need to do is to send me a message on my website www.adelineyenmah.com that you want me to teach you Chinese and I will send you a personal email at regular intervals. These emails will give you Chinese lessons via the computer using pinyin. Tell your friends and family or anyone who wish to learn Chinese to send me a message on my website Contact and I will include them.
Teachers can share their newly acquired knowledge of Chinese with their students in a classroom or encourage the students to subscribe to my website themselves. Once a person has subscribed, I will send him/her regular emails.
For those who do not wish to receive any further email lessons from me, there will be an unsubscribe button embedded in my emails. All one needs to do is to click on it and no more emails will be sent from then on.
I wish you joy in learning Chinese.
I’d like to introduce you to a fresh, new fiction voice, a young author whose first novel I was thrilled to discover. But full disclosure: it’s my daughter, Ann Mah.
Ann’s book, Kitchen Chinese, is a funny and poignant story about a young Chinese-American woman who travels to Beijing and discovers China, and herself, through the cuisine. Ann explores family relationships with perception and honesty (she assures me, however, that all the characters are purely fictional!). This is a story about identity, about losing and finding yourself in another culture, a tale that would have touched me even if I weren’t Ann’s mom.
I hope you enjoy discovering Kitchen Chinese – I am confident you will fall in love with this funny, heartfelt novel and I hope you will join me in spreading the word about it.
There is a joke in Chinese that says behind every successful man there is a strong wife – who is just like his mother. Well, behind Kitchen Chinese, there is simply a strong mother! I apologize for being a stereotypical pushy Asian mom… but if you read Kitchen Chinese, you’ll thank me – I promise.
Adeline Yen Mah
Order a copy of Kitchen Chinese now.
Pictures of Ann’s booksigning:
On Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m the South Coast Repertory and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County presented a play on “Falling Leaves”. This play was sold out and hugely successful. This success was not better summarized than this letter written to Adeline:
“Adeline, congratulations on the great success of your new play, Falling Leaves. It was truly a wonderful evening for all attending. I certainly had tears in my eyes while watching.
Even though I have read your book and heard you speak about your book several times – it was so moving to hear the actors reading the script.
One listened – and wondered at the cruelty of your siblings. How can people live with themselves and be so treacherous – especially your sister, Lydia. To think of how you changed the lives of her two children with your generosity – and then to have her turn against you. Greed and jealousy – two very powerful forces!!!!!!!!!!
Your script was excellent……the actors were excellent…
The audience was so attentive – you truly could “have heard a pin drop” throughout the entire evening!!!!!!!!!!!”
On October 16th, 2009 at the Samueli Theater- Adeline gave a talk on her latest book “A Land of Dragons and Emperors”
Adeline signing books after her talk on “A Land of Dragons and Emperors”