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Presented By: Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies

LRCCS 60th Anniversary Author Series | Reading The Fortunes

Peter Ho Davies, U-M Charles Baxter Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature

Peter Ho Davies, U-M Charles Baxter Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature Peter Ho Davies, U-M Charles Baxter Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature
Peter Ho Davies, U-M Charles Baxter Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature
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The Center’s 60th anniversary programming will feature author Peter Ho Davies, Charles Baxter Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature, as he offers a reading from The Fortunes, a novel that recasts American history through the lives of Chinese Americans and reimagines the multigenerational story through the fractures of immigrant family experience. Inhabiting four lives—a railroad baron’s valet who unwittingly ignites an explosion in Chinese labor, Hollywood’s first Chinese movie star, a hate-crime victim whose death mobilizes Asian Americans, and a biracial writer visiting China for an adoption—this work captures and capsizes over a century of our history, showing that even as family bonds are denied and broken, a community can survive—as much through love as blood. Building fact into fiction, spinning fiction around fact, Davies uses each of these stories—three inspired by real historical characters—to examine the process of becoming not only Chinese American, but American.

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Peter Ho Davies, U-M Charles Baxter Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature Peter Ho Davies, U-M Charles Baxter Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature
Peter Ho Davies, U-M Charles Baxter Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature

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