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Gish Jen

Gish Jen, born Lillian Jen August 12, 1955, is a contemporary American writer and speaker.

Early life and education

Gish Jen is a second generation Chinese American. Her parents emigrated from China in the 1940s, her mother from Shanghai and her father from Yixing. Born in Long Island, New York, she grew up in Queens, then Yonkers, then Scarsdale. Her birth name is Lillian, but during her high school years she acquired the nickname Gish, named for actress Lillian Gish.

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Awesome reading by Gish Jen. I didn't realize she was forcing her accent while reading. I was shocked when she began just talking.

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