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Celebrating Women’s Leadership

Monday, June 25th, 2012

The Women’s Institute for Global Leadership at Benedictine University is hosting an anniversary award breakfast at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2012. The event will celebrate the women’s leadership program and honor those inaugural 2012 graduating class of the Master of Science degree in Leadership program, which is specifically “designed by women for women.” The breakfast celebration will be held at the Krasa Student Center at Benedictine University at 5700 College Road Blvd, Lisle, IL.

This is also an opportunity for women (a few men representatives attend the annul event as well) to learn about how the program is transforming the lives of women, to celebrate the successes of women and girls, especially those who are graduating with the inaugural M.S. degrees, and to network with others.

Keynote speaker for the event is Robin Kelly, Ph.D., Chief Administrative Officer, Cook County. Registration for the event is at www.ben.edu/wiawards. Hope to see some of you there on Thursday. Feel free to invite your friends/colleagues along.

Jian Ping, author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China, which has been developed into an award-winning feature-length documentary film by Susan Morgan Cooper and is narrated by Jacqueline Bisset. visit www.mulberrychildmovie.com for more details.

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Printers Row Lit Fest

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

“Conversation” with Wenguang Huang and Carolyn Allesio at Printers Row Lit Fest

I had never felt so close to Printers Row Lit Fest, which used to be called Printers Row Book Fair.

I had attended talks and poetry readings by other writers many times before and browsed the tents set up by booksellers and small publishers on Dearborn St. between Harrison and Polk in Printers Row. Every year, there seemed to be sporadic showers that sent the book lovers and sellers scrambling for cover.

My first participation in the “Book Fair” was in 2008 when my book Mulberry Child had its debut. My publisher rushed to delivered copies of the book to the Fest, so much so that there were no photos in the first print, but with quite a few errors. Regardless, the book was well received and many friends in the Chicago area came to the four-member memoir panel. The fond memories are still fresh in my mind.

This year, the “Lit Fest” didn’t encounter any rain, but was hit with high temperature in the upper 90 degrees. Fortunately for me, my new loft office is in the center of Printers Row, and my husband, Francis, and I darted in and out of the loft to avoid the heat, yet didn’t miss much of the action on the street. More reason to love the location of the loft.

English: Franklin Building on S. Dearborn in C...

English: Franklin Building on S. Dearborn in Chicago in NRHP Printer’s Row Historic District (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I participated in a “conversation” with Wenguang Huang, author of Little Red Guards and Carolyn Allesio, our moderator. The River Room at the University Center where the event took place was packed. Huang is a Chicago writer, but it was the first time for me to meet him. I finished reading his book earlier in the morning that day and enjoyed it. I was very impressed by the success of his book and gave Huang my heart-felt congratulations. Carolyn had read both Mulberry Child and Little Red Guard, and guided the “conversation” with good questions and comments. Our discussion ended with a loud applause after the Q & A session with the audience.

It was always fun attending the Lit Fest, and more rewarding when participating as a panelist.

Jian Ping, author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China, which has been developed into an award-winning feature-length documentary film by Susan Morgan Cooper.

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An Eventful Day

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Mayor Emanuel at the Asian American Expo, photo courtesy of King Mui

The Asian American Business Expo (Expo), an annual event that promotes entrepreneurship, leadership and job creation in Chicago, took place at the Illinois International Institute (IIT) from 9:30 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. last Saturday. Many vendors set up exhibition tables there, and many people, with a wide range of Asian and Western ethnic backgrounds, nearly 700, attended the event. Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) joined partnership with several other Asian organizations to organize the event. Shelly Ng, President of OCA Chicago chapter, chaired the Expo.

Shufen Zhao presenting at the Expo, photo courtesy of King Mui

I attended it to show support and do some networking. I was happy to run into a few friends. I was impressed by the scale of the Expo. Even Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a personal appearance early in the afternoon and addressed the audience.

I couldn’t stay that long to listen to the Mayor, however, because I had a previous commitment of giving a talk at the Chinese-American Museum of Chinatown at 2 p.m. When I left, I noticed people lining up at the entrance to wait for the Mayor. From the postings of the photos by George Mui, immediate past President of OCA in Chicago, I was able to see not only the Mayor, but many others that I didn’t have a chance to meet in person.

With staff, board members and friends at the Chinese American Museum after my talk

I rushed over to the Chinatown Museum and talked to a very engaged group of people. My talk was focused on the journey Lisa and I took as immigrants and our generational gap, to say the least, during her growing up years in the U.S. I was touched by the audience’s resonation with my story, regardless of their background. A few good questions were raised regarding my relationship with Lisa. I wish she were there addressing her perspective directly—my world traveler daughter, of course, was out of town. This time she was in New York City.

Among the staff/board members of the Museum were Soo Lon Moy, President of the Museum, Kim Tee, immediate past President, Anita Liu, and a few others. They were full of hospitality and support.

Jian Ping, author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China, which has been developed into a feature-length documentary film by Susan Morgan Cooper and narrated by Jacqueline Bisset.

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