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Lisa See presents “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane”

March 25, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Lisa See. Photo by Patricia WilliamsCHSA is very proud to announce that we will be hosting New York Times bestselling author Lisa See in San Francisco Chinatown’s iconic Great Star Theater on Saturday March 25th. Lisa will be discussing her newest book, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, released only one week before this event! The book will be available for purchase and signing by Lisa after the event.

WHAT: Author Lisa See’s New Book Talk and Signing Event
WHEN: Saturday March 25th, 3:30 Check-in, 4:00-5:30pm Program & Book Signing
WHERE: The Great Star Theater (636 Jackson Street, San Francisco)

*Please purchase tickets for this event through Eventbrite—each ticket is also good for admission at the Chinese Historical Society Museum which is located only blocks away from the Great Star Theater.

This event is hosted by the Chinese Historical Society of America museum, in conjunction with its new interactive exhibit: Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion which tells a comprehensive story of Chinese immigration to the United States.

About the Book:
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. New book by Lisa SeeA thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple.

Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives.

In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city.

After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.

A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.

About the Author:
Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. Ms. See is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles. Ms. See was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001 and was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award in Fall 2003.


March 25, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Great Star Theatre
636 Jackson St.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States


CHSA Museum