April 14 Food & Wine 1
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China Institute in America Food & Wine Club Dinner with Author Yan Geling

April 14, 2024
6:30 - 8:30 PM PT

Join us for an exclusive Food and Wine Club private dinner event with internationally acclaimed author Yan Geling at Harborview Restaurant in San Francisco. Enjoy Cantonese Chinese Cuisine in this sophisticated modern setting with a stunning view of San Francisco Bay.

Enjoy a captivating evening with one of the most distinguished voices in contemporary fiction, novelist and screenwriter, Yan Geling. Guests attending with receive a signed copy of her new book, “Milati”.

Sunday, April 14
6:30 – 8:30 PM PT

Harborview Restaurant & Bar
4 Embarcadero Center, Street Level
San Francisco, CA 94111

$230 (includes $30 book fee) for Food and Wine Members
$290 (includes $30 book fee) for Non-members

私宴晚餐活动时间:4/14晚上6:30至8:30在三藩市高级中餐厅Harborview Restaurant与世界著名作家严歌苓晚餐私宴,出席嘉宾会得到一本她亲笔签名的最新出版作品《米拉蒂》

活动地址:4 Embarcadero Center, Street Level, San Francisco, CA 94111


For RSVP questions, please contact Lilian Chung at lchung@chinainstitute.org.
For general inquiries, please contact Lisa Ye at lye@chinainstitute.org

Special Guest

Geling Yan
Yan Geling

Geling Yan (嚴歌苓) is one of the most acclaimed novelists and screenwriters writing in the Chinese language today and a well-established writer in English. Born in Shanghai, she served with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) during the Cultural Revolution, starting at age twelve as a dancer in an entertainment troupe.

After serving for over a decade with the PLA (including tours in Tibet and as a war correspondent during the Sino-Vietnam border conflict), Ms. Yan was discharged with a rank equivalent to Lieutenant Colonel. She published her first novel in 1986 and ever since has produced a steady stream of novels, short stories, novellas, essays and scripts. Her best-known novels in English are The Secret Talker, published by HarperCollins; Little Aunt Crane published in the UK by Random House affiliate Harvill Secker; The Flowers of War, published in the U.S. by The Other Press and elsewhere by Random House's Harvill Secker; The Banquet Bug (The Uninvited in its UK edition - written directly in English); and The Lost Daughter of Happiness, (translated by Cathy Silber) both published by Hyperion in the US and Faber & Faber in the UK. She has also published a novella and short story collection called White Snake and Other Stories, translated by Lawrence A. Walker and published by Aunt Lute Books.

Many of Geling Yan's works have been adapted for film and television, including internationally distributed films Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (directed by Joan Chen) and Siao Yu (directed by Sylvia Chang; produced by Ang Lee). Chinese director Zhang Yimou made The Flowers of War, a big-budget film based on her work set during the 1937 Rape of Nanking, starring Academy Award winning actor Christian Bale; Coming Home 归来, based on her novel The Criminal Lu Yanshi 陆犯焉识, and One Second 一秒钟, also based on that novel.

Ms. Yan has also written numerous scripts based on her own and other authors' work, both in English and Chinese, including a script for a biopic on the iconic Peking opera star Mei Lanfang for director Chen Kaige (released as Forever Enthralled 梅兰芳) starring Leon Lai and Zhang Ziyi. She wrote the script for Dangerous Liaisons 危險關係, a Chinese-language film directed by South Korean director Hur Jin-ho and starring Zhang Ziyi, Jang Dong Gun and Cecilia Cheung. Her novel Fang Hua 芳华 is the basis a film of the same name (English title Youth) directed by Chinese director Feng Xiaogang 冯小刚. Her novel A City Called Macau 妈阁是座城 was made into a film directed by Li Shaohong 李少红, released in 2018.

Geling Yan a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and of France's Société des Gens de Lettres. She is a member of the Hollywood screenwriters' union, Writers' Guild of America, west, and a former member of the Chinese Writers' Association (中国作家协会).

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