Becoming Li-Ming’s Daughter

Kaitlin Solimine

is the author of Empire of Glass, long-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel award. She has been a Fulbright Creative Fellow in China, a Harvard-Yenching Scholar, and her writing is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including the 2012 Dzanc Books/Disquiet International Literary Award. Her fiction and nonfiction has been published in National Geographic News, Guernica Magazine, Kartika Review, The Huffington Post, The World of Chinese Magazine, China Daily, and numerous anthologies. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter where she was a 2016 SF Writers Grotto Fellow.

The author at her family's Beijing home (from L-R, host grandmother, sister, Solimine, father, and mother) during Mid-Autumn Festival, 1996.
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July 21st, 2017

Through the intimacy of chosen mother-daughterhood, a woman navigates the fraught territory of craving Chinese identity as a white American — and recognizes that some identities cannot be earned or learned, but are gifts passed on.