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“An intimate yet epic portrait of a young woman in modern China” Keri Holmes, The Kaleidoscope
Jana McBurney-Lin’s BIO
Jana McBurney-Lin, author of My Half of the Sky, lived in Asia for fifteen years. She wrote for media in seven countries, including National Public Radio, Writer’s Digest, Hemispheres (United Airlines), Islands Magazine, Singapore Straits Times, Japan Times and dozens of others. She was an editor at ALC Publishing in Tokyo when she met her husband, a native of southern China. They then lived in Singapore, frequently visiting his family in Fujian province, China. Jana now lives in the Santa Cruz mountains of California with her husband and four children. She’s a dedicated participant in the Bay Area writing community, having served five years as President of the Peninsula Branch of the California Writer’s Club. She also founded the Writers Camp for Kids and works in the local schools to teach creative writing.
Carrie’s Chat with Jana
Carrie: What inspired you to write My Half of the Sky?
Jana: One year, my husband and I were back in his village of Fujian, China. I spotted a poster painted on someone’s house, a huge ad depicting a couple with an infant. Underneath the smiling couple were the words, “A girl baby is just as precious as a boy baby.” I turned to my husband and said, “That is so cool that the government is obviously behind the valuing of little girls.” “The government can say what they like.” He just shook his head. “But a house with no male is a real problem.” That’s when I thought, “Ah-ha, now there’s a story.” What if a girl was born into a household and managed to survive? How would she continue to thrive, to succeed, in this world where the traditions are against her?
Carrie: Tell us about My Half of the Sky?
Jana: The late leader of China, Chairman Mao ZeDong, said “Women hold up half the sky.” My Half of the Sky is the story of a contemporary young woman who is trying to do that—trying to be a modern woman and hold up her half of the sky—but the traditions of her village keep pulling her back.
Heading out to the Manic Mommies Bahamas Escape…
WithOUT my laptop.
So, no posts from me ‘til Tuesday. Don’t miss me too much. I’ll sip a tropical cocktail for you and work on my tan. Ha! Actually, I’ll be helping my pal, Suzanne, aka Dear Zanny, with her relationship workshops and meeting all the mommies I’ve been chatting online with forever.
LIVE FROM JORDAN: Letters Home from My Journey Through the Middle East ~ On July 16, 2002, 10 months after the 9/11 attacks, Ben Orbach, a 27-year-old Jewish American from Pittsburgh, left for Amman, Jordan. The purpose of his trip was to do research on a Jordanian-American trade program, and to expand his budding language skills from Modern Standard Arabic, to the Shami dialect spoken by Jordanians and Palestinians. He returned in August 2003, four months after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, full of fresh insights, unexpected lessons, and colorful tales from 13 months of living in Jordan and Egypt and traveling throughout the region.
LIVE FROM JORDAN presents slices of life from his adopted neighborhoods in Amman and Cairo, as well as his four-week trip across Turkey and Syria. Drawing on his private journal and e-mails home, he shares observations, conversations, and encounters with wide-ranging Arab men and women.
Carrie: What inspired you to write Live from Jordan?
Ben: When I lived in Jordan and Egypt and I traveled throughout the Middle East, I was struck by the human, everyday stories that I saw on a daily basis and the points of similarity between the people I met and the people I knew back home. When I came home from my year of living this intense experience, I was struck by the disparity between the reality of the people’s lives that I met and the world of unconditional violence that was depicted as daily life on the nightly news. I decided to turn my letters home and journal into a book that would attempt to bridge that gap for people who wanted to know more about the Middle East, but did not know where to begin asking questions.
Carrie: Tell us about Live from Jordan.