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Thursday, Sep 19
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Talk: Is America Facing an Immigration Crisis?
7:00 PM Diplomacy Council Annual Fundraiser and Anniversary Party
7:00 PM One Book, One San Diego Launch
7:30 PM Film: The Soul And The Blood
8:00 PM Stage: Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin
Friday, Sep 20
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 AM Discussion: Innovation in the Cali Baja Region
10:00 AM Talk: Magritte & Surrealist Works
5:00 PM Talk: A Journey into Magical Realism
6:00 PM Film: Coco
7:00 PM Music: Volver, Volver II
7:00 PM Comedy: Pambansang Kolokoy, Boss Ka-Reppa, and PinoyEgoy
7:00 PM Stage: Disney's Mulan Jr.
7:00 PM Iranian Film: Nahid
7:30 PM Stage: Mama Mia!
7:30 PM Russian Ballet: Swan Lake
8:00 PM Stage: The Winter's Tale
8:00 PM Stage: Hamlet
8:00 PM Stage: Intimate Apparel
8:00 PM Stage: Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin
Saturday, Sep 21
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
9:00 AM 25th Annual Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 AM Vista Viking Festival
10:00 AM Adams Avenue Street Fair
12:00 PM Taste Of South Park
12:30 PM Dance: Harvest Festival
2:00 PM Stage: The Winter's Tale
2:00 PM Filipino Traditional Music & Dance Demo & Workshop
2:00 PM Stage: Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin
3:00 PM Stage: Intimate Apparel
4:00 PM Book Discussion: Halal If You Hear Me
5:00 PM Sewa Annual Dance Fundraiser
7:00 PM Film: Vincent, The True Story Of Vincent Van Gogh
7:00 PM Comedy: IM Hussein
7:30 PM Stage: Mama Mia!
8:00 PM Jewish Short Film Festival
8:00 PM Music: Patrizio Buanne
8:00 PM Music: Bamboo Una Mas
8:00 PM Stage: Hamlet
8:00 PM Stage: The Winter's Tale
8:00 PM Stage: Intimate Apparel
8:00 PM Stage: Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin
Sunday, Sep 22
All Day Jewish Short Film Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
9:00 AM 25th Annual Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 AM Adams Avenue Street Fair
12:00 PM Tianguis De La Raza (Artisan Market)
12:30 PM Dance: Harvest Festival
2:00 PM Stage: Mama Mia!
2:00 PM Stage: Intimate Apparel
2:00 PM Stage: The Winter's Tale
2:00 PM Stage: Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin
3:00 PM Stage: Hamlet
4:00 PM Music: The Pirates Of Penzance
6:00 PM Music: Lucibela, Cape Verde's Voice-of-Gold
7:00 PM Staged Reading: King Lear
8:00 PM Music: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall
Monday, Sep 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Sep 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 PM Film: Moka
7:30 PM Rom-Com Rendezvous Rendezvous with Sonali Dev, Alisha Rai . . .
7:30 PM Stage: Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin
Wednesday, Sep 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 PM Film: Coco
7:30 PM Stage: Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin
Thursday, Sep 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Film: The Icebox
6:00 PM Soaring Eagles Pow Wow Dance Class
6:00 PM Music: Southern Scratch
7:00 PM Stage: Noura
7:30 PM Stage: Intimate Apparel
8:00 PM Stage: Noura
8:00 PM Stage: The Winter's Tale
8:00 PM Stage: Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin
Friday, Sep 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Stage: Just Like Us
7:00 PM Japanese Film: Late Spring
7:30 PM Music: Alejandro Sanz
7:30 PM Stage: Mama Mia!
8:00 PM Stage: Man of La Mancha
8:00 PM Stage: Noura
8:00 PM Stage: The Winter's Tale
8:00 PM Stage: Hamlet
8:00 PM Stage: Intimate Apparel
8:00 PM Stage: Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin
Saturday, Sep 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM North San Diego Latino Book & Family Festival
11:00 AM San Diego Cabrillo Festival
2:00 PM Stage: Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin
3:00 PM Stage: Intimate Apparel
3:30 PM Film: Island Soldier
7:00 PM Stage: Just Like Us
7:30 PM Stage: Mama Mia!
8:00 PM Film: Yesterday
8:00 PM Stage: Noura
8:00 PM Stage: The Winter's Tale
8:00 PM Stage: Hamlet
8:00 PM Stage: Man of La Mancha
8:00 PM Stage: Intimate Apparel
8:00 PM Stage: Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin
Sunday, Sep 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 AM San Diego International Dragon Boat Race
1:30 PM Book Signing: Iris Yang
2:00 PM Stage: Man of La Mancha
2:00 PM Stage: Just Like Us
2:00 PM Film: The Taming of the Shrew
2:00 PM Stage: The Winter's Tale
2:00 PM Stage: Mama Mia!
2:00 PM Stage: Intimate Apparel
2:00 PM Stage: Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin
3:00 PM Stage: Hamlet
5:00 PM Music: Bho Shambo
6:00 PM Film: Aladdin (2019)
7:00 PM Music: Maná
7:00 PM Stage: Noura
7:30 PM Music: Maná
Monday, Sep 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Oktoberfest Beer, Cheese & Sausage Tasting
Tuesday, Oct 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM Stage: Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin
Wednesday, Oct 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Stage: Noura
7:00 PM Stage: Just Like Us
7:30 PM Stage: Man of La Mancha
7:30 PM Stage: Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin
An Exclusive Interview with Author Lisa See
by tjon on 07/09/2009 3:48 PM
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Lisa See, the author of the international best-seller, "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" (2005) and New York Times best-seller "Peony in Love" (2007), had time to sit down and answer a few questions while in San Diego, the last stop on her tour for her latest novel, Shanghai Girls (2009), now in bookstores. In this interview we discuss the variety of elements found in her novels, including the women whose voices narrate her works, and the exploration and revelation of forgotten parts of history. Her works explore pockets of history and time within Chinese culture before they disappear, as See puts it, "off the map of memory". "Shanghai Girls" is the story of two sisters, Pearl and May, and their odyssey of immigration as they leave war-torn Shanghai for Los Angeles as new brides in arranged marriages. See chronicles the joy, the heartbreak, and the bond of sisterhood that connects Pearl and May over the next twenty years as they experience the making of a new life, and the formulation of a new identity. To learn more about Lisa See and her works, please visit: www.lisasee.com
By Christine V. Nguyen


CVN: Thank you for taking the time to speak with us. What inspires you about the culture and time period of your novels?

LS: Well you know I have written about different time periods. For this particular one, I think there were three or four things that inspired me to do this particular book. One was to write about Shanghai at that time in 1937, that's just this final moment before things really started to change there. It was the Paris of Asia and people had come from all over the world to be there and it was very glamorous in a lot of ways but also had extreme poverty.

Anyway, so this was this final, final moment and then the Japanese invaded in 1937 in August and then the Sino-Japanese war rolled right into WWII and then as soon as WWII was over, civil war, and then Mao took over the country. Mao took a pretty dim view of Shanghai, sort of looked at it like a woman with a very bad past and so kind of punished the city. So it went from being the Paris of Asia to being this very gray and drab place in a few short years. And I kind of wanted to write about that final moment before things changed because I think now when people look at Shanghai they think of it again as being this very glamorous world city.

I also wanted to write about what were called the Beautiful Girls, those models, and I've been collecting that advertising for a long time, and I love it. It's really beautiful and really fun and there's a lot of humor in those pieces too but I also always looked at those women and thought, I wonder what their life was like in real life, and I wanted to look at that.

Two other things: one would be China City, that tourist attraction in LA, and there's nothing left of it anymore, not even a single brick, and people are getting old now, so to me it's not only going to be gone off the map of history but also off the map of memory and I wanted to capture it before that was gone too. And then finally I wanted to write about the Confession Program, which I don't think most people know about. So for me there's never one particular thing - I mean, I also wanted to write about sisters - you know there's a lot of things that come together for me and I try to have the book to be very layered with history and emotions and relationships.

CVN: Forgotten parts of history, particularly the voices of Chinese women, strongly influence your work. What stood out to you about these women - is it how they function within the culture you explore, or work against it?

LS: Well I think what stood out about all of these women I've been writing about in the last three books is the extreme courage they have in really bad circumstances - things that if we had to live like that today, no way, we couldn't do it. I think for me we tend to learn history in a certain kind of way - it's mostly about men's deeds and the things they've done and wars and dates but I think that there's a whole other history, a parallel history that's been going on.

And there's actually a woman I met who has a foundation. She goes into war- torn countries and helps the women and she describes it as there's the front line for the men and they're out there fighting but in the back line there are all the women who have to keep things going; they have to feed their families, they have to provide for the children and the house, they have to keep everything that is real life continuing even in the face of war, even in the face of disaster. Well that doesn't get written about very much so I'm really interested in that, in what happens while all of this stuff is going on, what's happening at home, and how do women get by and how they do the things they do in these really harsh and difficult circumstances.


                     
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