The Boston Literary District welcomes Val Wang for our fourth installment of “Get Lit After Work,” our pop-up literary biergarten in front of the Cheers bar in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Val Wang will discuss and share excerpts from her memoir, BEIJING BASTARD: COMING OF AGE IN A CHANGING CHINA.
Raised in a strict Chinese-American household in the suburbs, Val Wang dutifully got good grades, took piano lessons, and performed in a Chinese dance troupe—until she shaved her head and became a leftist, the stuff of many teenage rebellions. But Val’s true mutiny was when she moved to China, the land her parents had fled before the Communist takeover in 1949.
“A distinctive memoir: at once a pioneer coming-of-age tale and a discovery of family roots, set in a China that is quickly shedding the old century and dramatically donning the new… Wang’s dry wit and sense of history can make a mundane activity glint with the promise of a hidden, bigger tale.” – WBUR
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.