Author Diane Wei Liang Discusses Her Memoir: Lake With No Name: A True Story of Love and Conflict in Modern China
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May 29, 2009
Author Diane Wei Liang discusses her memoir, Lake With No Name: A True Story of Love and Conflict in Modern China, on Monday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Lake With No Name begins at Beijing University in 1986. The Communists were in power, but the Harvard of China was a hotbed of intellectual and cultural activity. Nineteen-year-old Wei had known the oppressive days of the Cultural Revolution. Now, as a student, she was allowed to immerse herself in study and spend her free hours writing poetry beside the Lake with No Name at the center of campus. It was there that Wei met Dong Yi.
Although Wei’s love was first subsumed by the deep friendship that developed between them, it smoldered into a passionate longing. Amid the would-be lovers’ private drama, the winds in China were changing, and the specter of government repression loomed once again.
On June 4, 1989, tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square and blood flowed on the ancient city streets. It was a day that would see the end of lives, dreams - and a tortuous romance between two idealistic spirits. Lake with No Name is Diane Wei Liang’s remembrance of this time, of her own role in the democratic movement and of the friends and lovers who stood beside her and made history on that terrible day.
Diane Wei Liang has a Ph.D. in business administration from Carnegie Mellon University and was a professor of business in the U.S. and the U.K. for more than 10 years. She is the author of two previous novels, Paper Butterfly and The Eye of Jade.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Call 816.701.3407 to RSVP online. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage located at 10th and Baltimore.