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Bette Bao Lord, Bette Bao Lord was born in Shanghai and came to the United States when she was eight years old. Her father, a British trained engineer, was sent to the U.S. in 1946 by the Chinese government to purchase equipment. The family was stranded, in 1947, when Mao Zedong and the communist mostrar mais rebels won the civil war in China. Lord received an M.A. from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and graduated with her B.A. from Tufts University. She married Winston Lord, former Ambassador to China and high Ranking State Department official. Lord's first novel, "Spring Moon" (1981), which is set in pre-revolutionary China, was an international bestseller and an American Book Award nominee for best first novel. She has also written about her painful childhood experiences, as a Chinese immigrant in the United States post World War II, in the autobiographical children's book "In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson." The book tells how she struggled to learn English and be accepted by her classmates. "The Middle Heart" spans 70 years of modern Chinese history, ending with the demonstrations in Tiananmen Square in 1989. She has also written articles for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The New York Times, and USA Today. She has also co-produced The People's Art Theatre's Beijing production of The Caine Mutiny, directed by Charlton Heston. Ms. Lord has received the honor of an appointment by President Clinton to the International Broadcasting Board of Governors to oversee all U.S. non-military international broadcasting. She is also the chairperson the Freedom House, which promotes democratic institutions around the world. President Clinton said of Ms. Lord at one of the organizations conferences, "I'm honored to be introduced by someone who writes so powerfully about the past and is working so effectively to shape the future." She has sat on the Board of Trustees of The Freedom Forum, The Kennedy Center Community and Friends, and The National Portrait Gallery. She serves on the Advisory Council on Foreign Relations, Author's Guild, PEN, and the Organization of Chinese Americans. Some of the awards Ms. Lord has received include honorary doctorates from seven universities, the U.S. International Agency Award for Outstanding Contributions, The Women of Honor Award from the National Council of Women, the New York Public Library's Literary Lion, the American Women for International Understanding Award, the Qingyun Award from the China Institute, the Distinguished American Award, and the Woman of the Year Award from Chinatown Planning Council. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras por Bette Bao Lord

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson (1984) 3,089 exemplares, 23 críticas
Spring Moon (1982) — Autor — 762 exemplares, 16 críticas
Legacies: A Chinese Mosaic (1990) 264 exemplares, 2 críticas
The Middle Heart (1996) 193 exemplares
Spring Moon, book 1 (1981) 2 exemplares
Spring Moon, book 2 (1981) 2 exemplares
Lente maan 1 exemplar

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Just so you know, Jackie Robinson may be in the title of this book, but it's not really about the desegregation of baseball. It's mostly about what it's like to move to a completely foreign country as a child. The main character of this book (whose name is hilarious, but I won't give it away here) is so cute and your heart just goes right out to her. I was especially sympathetic to the parts where she's laughed at because in my brief experience as a stranger in a strange land I was laughed at a whole lot (and I didn't take it as well as the little girl in this book).

This book is more light and charming than some other books that tackle the subject of the immigrant experience. It's pretty much free of violence and racism, focusing instead on the everyday challenges of learning a new language and making new friends while staying true to your roots.
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LibrarianDest | 22 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2024 |
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson is a children's novel by Bette Bao Lord and illustrator Marc Simont about a young girl named Shirley Temple Wong who leaves a secure life within her clan in China following World War II and settles in Brooklyn. This heartwarming story is about how Shirley attempts to learn how to fit in her new surrounds while also maintaining her heritage. It is also about how Jackie Robinson, who too overcame diverse obstacles, inspired Shirley to achieve her dreams.
ryantlaferney87 | 22 outras críticas | Dec 8, 2023 |
archivomorero | 15 outras críticas | May 21, 2023 |
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