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Qian Julie Wang

Beautiful Country

by Qian Julie Wang

Beautiful Country

Qian Julie Wang

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In this New York Times bestselling memoir, Qian Julie Wang, writer and managing partner at Gottlieb & Wang LLP, recounts her experiences growing up as a Chinese immigrant in New York City.

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Beautiful Country

by Qian Julie Wang

Beautiful Country

Qian Julie Wang

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In Mandarin Chinese, the term for America, 'Mei Guo,' translates to 'beautiful country.' Taking this term for its title, Qian Julie Wang's memoir vividly highlights her family's struggles living as undocumented Chinese immigrants in New York City in the 1990s.

Wang is now managing partner at a top law firm and a writer who has been published in the New York Times and Washington Post. In Beautiful Country, Wang describes in great detail the experience of living in low-income housing and working in sweatshops upon her family's arrival to the U.S. When Wang's mother fell ill, the family's fate took a turn driven by its matriarch's relentless spirit and desire for a better life for her family.

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"I adopt Julie as my name and begin to hide that tired little girl, the one who had waded through the fish-processing plant under a flowing blue cape; the one who had snipped at threads with scissors much too heavy for her hands."

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