Coincidence and Destiny: A Novelist's Experience
With Author-Journalist Monica Ai-Cheng Liu
November 19, 2003
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 12:45 p.m.,
Wang Center Theatre.
Plus: Free screening of the film Blue Fire, 7:00 p.m.
Monica Liu reflects on coincidence, fate, and destiny in the context of her own extraordinary life experiences. She is the author of several books published in Taiwan and the United States, including The Man Who Understands Women Better than a Woman (1998), Learn to Live by Visiting New York (2000), the award-winning Sensational New York (2000), Put the World in a Suitcase (2001), and her most recent Chinese-language bestseller, Pennies for Peace (2002), the story of a Chinese artist.
Her novel Blue Fire (2000), winner of the 10th Annual L.A. Writers Association Literary Award, was adapted into an English-language film by award-winning director Chia-Hui Gao. A special free screening of the racy melodrama will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Wang Center Theatre.
Ms. Liu has also won international literary awards for two of her essays, including Life Has Its Way Out (Chinese American Academic & Professional Society) and Road Home (Greater Chicago Chinese Writers Association). Since moving to New York five years ago, Monica Liu has worked as executive assistant to the manager at WGBB AM1240, a Chinese radio station in New York, while hosting several programs, including "The Rush Hour Show," "Women's Club," and "New York Melody." She is currently a cover-story reporter for the Chinese-language daily, World Journal, as well as contributor to the "Spicy New York" column on the World Journal website. As a journalist, she has handled challenging assignments concerning the economy, education, politics, public affairs, and Chinese-American community issues.