Huntingford Humanities Lecture: Anchee Min

Bestselling novelist Anchee Min will discuss her writing career and her latest memoir, The Cooked Seed.

In 1994, Anchee Min made her literary debut with Red Azalea, her memoir of growing up in China during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. The story left off as she fled her homeland, but a whole new life was just beginning. Nearly twenty years later, Anchee has written the next chapter.

From the shocking deprivations of Communism, Anchee is transported to America, with its bounty she still can’t access—with no English, no money, and no clear path. Anchee teaches herself the language by watching Sesame Street, keeps herself afloat working five jobs at once, and sleeps in unheated rooms in desolate neighborhoods. Lonely, struggling financially, and fearful of her visa expiring, she marries badly and then divorces, taking on the challenge of raising her daughter, Lauryann, as a single mother.  But it is her dream for Lauryann’s future that will give her the courage and strength to endure. The story of Anchee’s eventual success—as a mother, a wife, a writer, and a woman—is an immigrant story that illuminates so many things we take for granted. And it is a universal story, about moving forward until you find a path – or find you’ve been blazing one all along.

Anchee Min's writing has been praised for its raw, sharp language and historical accuracy.  In addition to her two memoirs, she has written six works of historical fiction:  Katherine, Becoming Madame Mao, Wild Ginger, Empress Orchid, The Last Empress, and Pearl of China. 

The lecture will be held at the Chimacum High School Auditorium, 91 West Valley Road, Chimacum.

The Huntingford Humanities Lecture was established in 2001 in memory of Sara L. Huntingford. Sally Huntingford was a long-time supporter of the Jefferson County Library. The Library District was formed in 1978 – due in part to her efforts. As a teacher and mother, Sally understood the importance of opening the door of learning to people who lived in isolated, rural areas. She realized that quality library service was the key to that door.

Thursday, October 19th
6:30pm