Lisa See was a panelist during the 2013 Aspen Summer Words festival celebrating the literary riches of China.

Watch Yiyun Li, Lisa See, and Deborah Fallows in conversation

The novel is fundamentally a Western form that values originality, authenticity and individuality. Eastern narrative, by contrast, places greater emphasis on morality, cultural continuity and the recurrent. How do these divergent literary principals shape the way authors understand themselves and their work?

Lisa See’s
bestselling books Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, and, most recently Dreams of Joy have won numerous awards both domestically and internationally. Her first book, On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995), was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book. Her works have been published in 39 countries and have gained recognition as Booksense Number One Picks and as feature-length films. She was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001 and was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award in Fall 2003. See lives in Los Angeles.