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Thursday, April 4, 2024
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM (Pacific Time)
Math Sciences, Rm 5200

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Please join us in welcoming writer and performance artist Susan Lieu, who will read from her new book, The Manicurist's Daughter--an emotionally raw memoir about the crumbling of the American Dream and a daughter of refugees who searches for answers after her mother dies during plastic surgery. The Manicurist’s Daughter is much more than a memoir about grief, trauma, and body image. It is a story of fierce determination, strength in shared culture, and finding your place in the world.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.


Susan Lieu is a Vietnamese-American author, playwright, and performer who tells stories that refuse to be forgotten. A daughter of nail salon workers, she took her award-winning autobiographical solo show 140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother on a ten-city national tour, with sold-out premieres and accolades from the Los Angeles Times, NPR, and American Theatre. Eight months pregnant, she premiered her sequel, OVER 140 LBS, at ACT Theatre. The Manicurist’s Daughter is her first book.

Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American Studies Center, Asian American Studies Department , Gender Studies, CSW|Streisand Center, Center for EthnoCommunications, Vietnamese Student Union