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News :: Human Rights
Award-winning Asian American writer Ha Jin read his new novel at BCNC on Feb. 7th
21 Jan 2015
Award-winning Asian American writer Ha Jin will read and discuss his new novel A Map of Betrayal at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center on Saturday, Feb 7th, 2015. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. The event is free and open to public.
WHAT: Award-winning Asian American author Ha Jin will read from and discuss his new novel A Map of Betrayal.

WHEN: Saturday, February 7th, 2015, 1:00-3:00 PM

WHERE: Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc., 38 Ash St. Boston, MA 02111
(MBTA Orange Line- Tufts Medical Center Stop)
WHO: Ha Jin has won the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award for his novel, Waiting (1999). He has received three Pushcart Prizes for fiction and a Kenyon Review Prize. Many of his short stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories anthologies. His collection Under The Red Flag (1997) won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, while Ocean of Words (1996) has been awarded the PEN/Hemingway Award. The novel War Trash (2004), set during the Korean War, won a second PEN/Faulkner Award for Jin, thus ranking him with Philip Roth and John Edgar Wideman, who are the only other authors to have won the prize twice. War Trash was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Jin teaches at Boston University in Boston, MA.
ADMISSION: Free. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Proceeds from the book sale will benefit BCNC and AARW.

RSVP: 617-635-5129 x0 or

ABOUT A Map of Betrayal
From the award-winning author of Waiting and War Trash: a riveting tale of espionage and conflicted loyalties that spans half a century in the entwined histories of two countries—China and the United States—and two families.

When Lilian Shang, born and raised in America, discovers her father’s diary after the death of her parents, she is shocked by the secrets it contains. She knew that her father, Gary, convicted decades ago of being a mole in the CIA, was the most important Chinese spy ever caught. But his diary, an astonishing chronicle of his journey as a Communist intelligence agent, reveals the pain and longing that his double life entailed—and point to a hidden second family that he’d left behind in China. As Lilian follows her father’s trail back into the Chinese provinces, she begins to grasp the extent of his dilemma: he is a man torn between loyalty to his motherland and the love he came to feel for his adopted country. She sees how his sense of duty distorted his life, and as she starts to understand that Gary too had been betrayed, Lilian finds that it is up to her to prevent his tragedy from endangering yet another generation of Shangs.

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