Diane Wei Liang was born in Beijing. She spent part of her childhood with her parents in a labor camp in a remote region of China. In 1989 she took part in the Student Democracy Movement and protested in Tiananmen Square. Wei Liang is a graduate of Peking University. She 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 ten years. She now writes full-time and lives in London with her husband and their two children.
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Two separate interviews with Diane Wei Liang in which she discusses her memoir, Lake With No Name, published in the UK in 2003 and in the USA in 2009; and her first novel, The Eye of Jade (2008) - the first volume in the Mei Wang mystery series.
A Conversation with Diane Wei Liang
about Lake With No Name (2009)
What inspired you to write Lake With No Name?
My children. I wanted them to know about my history and about China.
What were the reactions of your family and friends when you told them you were going to write Lake With No Name?
My family was not enthusiastic. My mother thought that it would be a dangerous thing to do.
Lake With No Name is an intimate account of both your personal history and the history of China during a vital turning point. Was there a passage that was difficult to write? How did you approach writing about these moments?
Many sections of the book were difficult to write, and are difficult for me to read today. What helped me to complete the book was a decision that I made early into the book that I would write truthfully and honestly.
What was it like growing up during the Cultural Revolution? Has that affected your view of ...
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