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Lan Samantha Chang Background Lan Samantha Chang was born in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1965 to Chinese immigrants who survived the World War II Japanese invasion of China Chang attended Yale university where she received a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies She then got her master’s degree in public administrations from Harvard university After that she attended the uiversity of Iowa’s prestigious Writer’s workshop where she received her MFA (Master’s of Fine Arts) Published Works Her works include Hunger: a novella and stories, and Inheritance: a novel Influence “I wonder if I would have become a writer if I had been raised in a more diverse community…my childhood in Appleton prepared me for writing-for observing and recording-because I grew up feeling like an outsider…I can not remember a time when I was not conscious of being different from the majority of the people around me.” Where Is She Now? Lan Samantha Chang is currently a professor of english at the university of Iowa and the first female and Asian American director of the Iowa writer’s workshop She is also a teacher at the Warren Wilson college MFA program for writers In 2008 she received the Guggenheim Fellowship, which is awarded to people who have a great capacity for scholarship and creative ability in the arts.
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