Talk on ‘Secret of a Thousand Beauties: A Novel’


Dear AAARI Friend,  

Join us for a lecture on, Secret of a Thousand Beauties: A Novel, by Mingmei Yip, on Friday, December 12, 2014, from 6pm to 8pm, at 25 West 43rd Street, 10th Floor, Room 1000, between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan. This talk is free and open to the general public.

Mingmei Yip will discuss her new novel, Secret of a Thousand Beauties, illustrated with slides showing masterpieces of Chinese embroidery rarely seen outside Chinese museums. Set against the vibrant and intrigue-laden backdrop of 1930s China, Mingmei Yip’s enthralling novel explores one woman’s defiant pursuit of independence. Dr. Yip will also discuss what women’s crafts reveal about the lives of women in traditional China. Readings and book signings will be included.

Mingmei Yip is a novelist writing in English about the lives and struggles of Chinese women, both in China and America. Mingmei is currently finishing her seventh novel, The Witches’ Market, which will be released in 2015 by Kensington Books.  

Dr. Yip’s debut novel Peach Blossom Pavilion, the story of the last musician-courtesan of China, has received numerous favorable reviews and is in its fifth printing. It has just been published by Harper Collins Avon in March, 2014. Mingmei’s novels have been translated into nine languages and are currently  available in ten countries.

Dr. Yip is also a renowned qin musician, calligrapher and painter. She received her PhD in musicology from the Sorbonne, University of Paris.

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