1. Fernando Zhong2. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See; published by Random House Publishing Group3.
This story is back in 1937, in the city of Shanghai. Twosisters were sold by their father to suitors who were from Los Angeles lookingfor Chinese brides, in order for him to repay his gambling debts. It was thedawn of the Japanese invasion. As the two sisters traveled across the ocean,they had to make important yet bitter decisions and sacrifices in order tosurvive in this new environment of what we called Los Angeles. 4. I chose this book because I find myself in a similarsituation with them, though not sold by my father, but I migrated to UnitedStates from China.
So, I can relate how they felt when coming to a new andstrange world where everyone speaks different languages. In the book, I was notsurprised when the Shanghai Girls mentioned how Chinese immigrants are treatedpoorly in the United States. I found this statement true because I was in thesame situation at school. I was being bullied everyday just because I did notknow how to speak English. 5. Short biography of the author and her relationship to California(no more than 2 pages)6.
Lisa See had written many novels based on creating strongconnections between women, romantic love, and love of country. Her novels hadbeen in the New York Timesbestsellers and won numerous awards in the country and internationally. One ofher novels, Snow Flower was made intoa feature film by Fox Searchlight. Ms. See grew up inLos Angeles with her family. She had spent lots of her time with her father’sfamily in Chinatown. She was the PublishersWeekly West Coast Correspondence for thirteen years.
She wrote the librettofor Los Angeles Opera and played at the Japan American Theatre on 2000. At thetime when the Chinatown’s MTA metro station open, Ms. See wrote the companionguidebook for Angels Walk L.A. As of today, Ms.
See is working as a Los AngelesCity Commissioner.