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PRIVACY POLICY

The Norman Mailer Center & The Norman Mailer Writer's Colony

Asia Council


Da Chen

Da Chen

Da Chen grew up in southern China and came to the U.S. at age 23. Fictions include Brothers, China's Son, Sounds of the River, Sword, and Colors of the Mountain. His books are used as textbooks in Yale, Vassar, Wellesley, in the New York State University system, and in high schools and middle schools throughout the country. Colors of the Mountain, his first memoir,was compared to Angela’s Ashes and became a New York Times bestseller. Chen’s first fiction for young readers, Wandering Warrior, is described as “China’s answer to Harry Potter.”

Da Chen
David Henry Hwang

David Henry Hwang

David Henry Hwang is best known for M. Butterfly, winner of the 1988 Tony Award and finalist for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. It has been performed in over 48 countries. His play, Yellow Face (2007), was nominated for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. He wrote many plays and is a successful screen writer. In the world of opera, he is a frequent collaborator with composer Philip Glass. He also co-wrote the song "Solo" with Prince. Hwang was appointed to the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities by President Clinton in 1994 and served until 2001.

David Henry Hwang
Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston is Senior Lecturer for Creative Writing at the University of California, Berkeley. For her memoirs and fiction, The Fifth Book of Peace, The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey, and Hawai’i One Summer, she has earned numerous awards, including the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the PEN West Award for Fiction, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Maxine Hong Kingston
Amitava Kumar

Amitava Kumar

Amitava Kumar is the author of several works of literary non-fiction, including Husband of a Fanatic, an Editors’ Choice pick of the New York Times. Duke University Press is publishing in August 2010 his novel, Nobody Does the Right Thing, and also a work of non-fiction, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb, which is a writer's report on the global war on terror. He is Professor of English at Vassar College.

Amitava Kumar
Suketu Mehta

Suketu Mehta

Suketu Mehta is the author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, winner of the Kiriyama Prize, the Hutch Crossword Award, and a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. He has won the Whiting Writers Award, the O. Henry Prize, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. Mehta teaches journalism at New York University, and is currently working on a nonfiction book about immigrants in contemporary New York, for which he was awarded a 2007 Guggenheim fellowship.

Suketu Mehta
Anchee Min

Anchee Min

Anchee Min is the acclaimed author of memoirs and fictions including Red Azalea, Empress Orchid, The Last Empress, Katherine, Becoming Madame Mao, Wild Ginger, and most recently Pearl of China. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, she moved to the United States in 1984. Most of her books are are either semiautobiographical or reflect a particular time in Chinese history with an emphasis on strong female characters, most notably Jiang Qing, the wife of Chairman Mao, and Empress Dowager Cixi. Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages.

Anchee Min