|Born||January 14, 1957|
|Alma mater||School of the Art Institute of Chicago|
Anchee Min or Min Anqi (Chinese: 閔安琪; pinyin: Mǐn Ānqí; born January 14, 1957 in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese-American author who lives in San Francisco and Shanghai. Min has published two memoirs, Red Azalea and The Cooked Seed: A Memoir, and six historical novels. Her fiction emphasizes strong female characters, such as Jiang Qing, the wife of chairman Mao Zedong, and Empress Dowager Cixi, the last ruling empress of China.
Min was born in Shanghai on January 14, 1957. Her parents were both teachers. She was nine years old when the Cultural Revolution began. As a child, she was a member of the Little Red Guards and was made to report her favourite teacher, who was an anti-Maoist, to the authorities.
When Min was 17, she was sent to a collective farm near the East China Sea, where she endured horrific conditions and worked 18-hour days. Eventually, she suffered a spinal cord injury. She began an affair with the commander at her camp, a woman named Yin, although she attributes the affair largely to loneliness.
At the collective farm, Min was discovered by a team of talent scouts from the Shanghai Film Studio and was selected to become an actress for her ideal "proletarian good looks." She eventually won the lead role in a propaganda film inspired by Madame Mao. However, the film was never completed. After Mao Zedong's death and the subsequent fall of Jiang Qing, Min was ostracized and treated badly. She was depressed and considered suicide. With the assistance of her friend, American actress Joan Chen, and the sponsorship of her aunt living in Singapore, Min obtained a passport and applied to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She then emigrated to the United States. As she was initially entering the country, she was nearly deported when it was discovered that, contrary to what she had put on her visa application, she did not speak English. However, she was able to convince the immigration officer to allow her to enter into the country.
Min married a Chinese immigrant with whom she had her only daughter, although she described the marriage as 'reluctant.'
- Red Azalea (Pantheon Books, 1994, ISBN 9780679423324; a New York Times Notable Book); Random House Digital, Inc., 2011, ISBN 9780307781024
- The Cooked Seed: A Memoir. Bloomsbury USA, May 7, 2013, ISBN 978-1-59691-698-2
- Katherine Hamish Hamilton, 1995, ISBN 978-0-241-13541-9
- Becoming Madame Mao (Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-618-12700-3.). Based on the life of Jiang Qing, the last wife of Mao Zedong.
- Wild Ginger: A Novel. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. January 1, 2004. ISBN 978-0-547-34937-4. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
- Empress Orchid Bloomsbury Publishing Incorporated, 2004, ISBN 9780747566984
- The Last Empress (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2007, ISBN 9780747578505). Based on the life of Empress Dowager Cixi, the late 19th and early 20th century Qing dynasty Empress Dowager.
- Pearl of China: A Novel. Bloomsbury Publishing, April 9, 2010, ISBN 978-1-60819-151-2. Inspired by the life of Pearl S. Buck as a girl and young woman in China.
- McAlpin, Heller (2013-05-09). "'The Cooked Seed' details Anchee Min's fraught immigrant saga". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
- "Anchee Min: 'If I had stayed in China, I would be dead'". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
- McAlpin, Heller (2013-05-09). "'The Cooked Seed' details Anchee Min's fraught immigrant saga". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
- Scott, A. O. (2000-06-18). "The Re-education of Anchee Min". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
- Bertodano, Helena de (2013-07-04). "Anchee Min: 'If I had stayed in China, I would be dead'". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
- "An Evening with Anchee Min - National Writers Series". National Writers Series. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
- "A 'Cooked Seed' Sprouts After All, In America". NPR.org. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
- "Anchee Min". Voices from the Gaps. University of Minnesota. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
- "Overcoming Odds, Author's Success & Daughter's Talents Forged 'Self Worth'". Asia Society. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
- Official website
- "Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City, Iowa, April 2010 interview audio file". Archived from the original on June 22, 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
- "Powell's Books Author Interviews: Anchee Min". Archived from the original on March 18, 2008. Retrieved March 29, 2008.
- Wang, Annie (1999). "Anchee Min's Passionate World".