Event Details

WHAT: Award-winning author Gish Jen will discuss her latest book "Thank you Mr. Nixon" in conversation with Oma Lee and Melinda Liu. This RASBJ online event includes Q&A.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 8:00-9:00 PM Beijing Time

MORE ABOUT THE EVENT: Author Gish Jen will talk about her new book, "Thank You, Mr. Nixon", a collection of linked stories capturing some of the effects of the opening of China on ordinary people. Both funny and poignant, it opens with a posthumous letter from a Chinese girl in heaven to "poor Mr. Nixon" in hell, and proceeds to range both widely and deeply. She will conduct a reading from her book, which represents a fictional journey through U.S.-China relations, capturing the excitement of a world on the brink of tectonic change. Opal Chen reunites with her Chinese sisters after forty years; newly cosmopolitan Lulu Koo wonders why Americans "like to walk around in the woods with the mosquitoes"; Hong Kong parents go to extreme lengths to reestablish contact with their "number-one daughter" in New York; and Betty Koo, brought up on "no politics, just make money," finds she must reassess her mother's philosophy.

HOW MUCH: Free for members of RASBJ and partner RAS branches; RMB 100 for non-members. Non-members who wish to become RASBJ members before attending this talk, please sign up at https://rasbj.org/membership at least 72 hours before the event.

HOW TO JOIN THE EVENT: Please click "Register" or "I will attend" and follow the instructions. After successful registration you'll receive a confirmation email with a link to join the event. If you seem not to have received it, please check your spam folder. Members of partner RAS branches: Please register at least 72 hours in advance to allow time for membership verification. You will receive two emails from us, the first confirming receipt of your registration request and the second confirming your registration, with a link to join the event. Please check your spam folder to ensure you see all RASBJ emails.


  • Gish Jen (Speaker)

    Gish Jen



    Gish Jen's short stories have appeared in The New Yorker and The Atlantic, among other periodicals, and have been included in The Best American Short Stories five times, including in The Best American Short Stories of the Century. Her work was featured in a PBS American Masters’ special on the American novel and earned her a five-year Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A recipient of a Lannan Literary Award as well as NEA, Guggenheim, and Radcliffe fellowships, Jen serves on the board of the MacArthur Foundation. "Thank You, Mr. Nixon" is her ninth book.

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  • Oma Lee (Moderator)

    Oma Lee


    Oma is an American-born, Hong Kong bred, Lao-Beijinger. She navigates cultures, generations, and worlds working at a strategic communications firm.

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  • Melinda Liu (Moderator)

    Melinda Liu


    Melinda is Beijing Bureau Chief for a U.S. newsmagazine. Born in the American Midwest, she's lived and worked in Beijing more than 25 years altogether. She is a co-founder of RASBJ

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