Engaging and informative with honesty and humor.

Dori is an experienced and popular speaker at conferences, webinars, bookstores, book clubs, museums, libraries, and schools and is – thanks to the pandemic! – used to speaking via Zoom.  She has spoken at Library of Congress, Princeton University, Johns Hopkins SAIS, US-China Business Council, National Committee on US-China Relations, Museum of Chinese in America, Chinese Historical Society of America, Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Washington State China Relations Council, Historical Novel Society Conference, and The Bookworm in Beijing.

Upcoming speaking events:

May 13

Podcast interview with Jesse Friedlander of The Re-Orient! podcast.

May 20

Princeton Reunions Class of 1976 panel discussion, “Is China as Bad as You Think It Is?” with fellow China experts Steve Markscheid and Terry Cooke.

May 21

American Literature Festival in Shanghai, “Women Writers: Stories of China” panel, with authors Claire Chao and Amy Sommers.

June 10

QWERTY podcast interview with memoir coach Marion Roach Smith.

June 10

Moderator of podcast featuring Heather Diamond, author of Rabbit in the Moon, and Susan Blumberg-Kason, author of Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair with China Gone Wrong. 

June 23

Private book club discussion, Harvard alumni group.

June 27

“The Real Leap Forward: Witness to the Origins of China’s Rise,” a presentation for the Cold War Museum. Tickets available by clicking here.

Previous events:

April 30

Podcast interview with Diane Dewey for “Dropping In to Find Our Common Threads” podcast. thoughtful interview! Available  here.

April 10

Private book club of mothers with adopted Chinese daughters, Seattle.

March 26

King County Library System book talk on When the Red Gates Opened. 10 a.m. Open to the public.

March 11

National Association of Memoir Writers Virtual Book Club, audio interview with president Linda Joy Myers on “Strategies for Overcoming Memoirist’s Block.” You can listen to it by clicking here.

March 3

Hong Kong Asia Society online presentation about When the Red Gates Opened. Full video recording is available here.

Feb. 10

American Association of University Women, Lake Washington branch, book talk on When the Red Gates Opened.

January 29

Evening book talk and take-out Chinese feast with Women’s University Club of Seattle, discussing When the Red Gates Opened.

January 27

Book talk with Sunset Club of Seattle about When the Red Gates Opened. Sunset Club is a private women’s club founded in Seattle in 1913; this talk is part of its author lecture series.

January 21, 2021

Brooklyn Public Library book club talk on When the Red Gates Opened with lots of thought-provoking questions!

December 22, 2020

“Femtastic” podcast interview with Katie Breen, “What You Need to Know about China Today.” Audio pocast is vailable here.

November 10, 2020

US-China Business Council, Washington, DC, webinar on When the Red Gates Opened, and “What we can learn today by understanding China in the 1980s.”

November 7

Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Phi Lambda PLUS fraternity, “Why is it so hard to explain China to Americans?”

November 4

Missouri School of Journalism, class on global journalism taught by Professor Kathy Kiely, Lee Hills Chair in Free Press Studies, University of Missouri.

October 19

Conversations with Creative Women podcast, interview by Sandi Klein. Audio podcast is available here.

October 17

Princeton University classmates and friends virtual book talk on When the Red Gates Opened.

October 10

Hathaway Brown School Class of 1972, virtual classmates reunion and book talk on When the Red Gates Opened.

October 8

Washington State China Relations Council, Seattle, moderator for A Conversation with Jim Mullinex, Consul General of the recently closed US consulate in Chengdu, China. Off the record.

October 6

SAIS China, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C., virtual book talk on When the Red Gates Opened. Video of event is available here.

October 1

Washington State China Relations Council, Seattle, China National Day webinar on When the Red Gates Opened. Video of event is available here.

September 30

Island Books, Mercer Island, WA, virtual book launch for When the Red Gates Opened.

September 23

National Committee on US-China Relations, New York, NY, webinar and book talk on When the Red Gates Opened. Video of event is available here.

September 22, 2020

Brick & Mortar Books, Redmond, WA, book launch for When the Red Gates Opened.

May 9, 2019

Overseas Press Club of America conference on 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square protests, New York, N.Y., panel of foreign correspondents who covered the Tiananmen Square event.

May 2, 2019

International Community School, Kirkland, WA, Focus Week talk on “Three Keys to Great Writing.”

May 28, 2019

Oregon Episcopal School, Portland, OR, talks with sixth-grade classes about Daughter of Xanadu. Dori has been invited to speak at this school for eight years in a row.

 

Currently scheduling:

Book talks about “When the Red Gates Opened: A Memoir of China’s Reawakening.”

Dori enjoys talking to book clubs, writers groups, women’s groups, Chinese-American groups, and organizations focused on US foreign policy and foreign affairs.

To inquire about scheduling an event, virtual or (when possible) in-person, please contact Dori.

Dori comes prepared

“A rock star. We should set aside the chair she sat in and not let anyone else sit in it ever. These were the sentiments of the students after Dori visited and gave another amazing talk on Daughter of Xanadu. Whether she is showing photos from her time in China or bringing in ‘props’ to show the students a physical example of something they have visualized through her words, Dori comes prepared. Also, while some authors make a talk about themselves, Dori has a teacherly knack for asking the students questions as she moves along and engaging them in the conversation. She lets them know what it is like to be an author both in her explanation of what it means to be an author and by the way she presents herself.”

Patrick Fuller, Middle School Librarian, Oregon Episcopal School

Honesty and humor

“At her recent presentation and discussion at Horizon House, Dori Jones Yang engaged and informed the audience with honesty and humor. She demonstrated the delicate balance of knowledge and respectful inquiry that is necessary for a group of elders. Asking some of the questions from her new book, Warm Cup of Wisdom, she elicited a wide range of experience and wisdom from the audience. Those kinds of sharing experiences deepen community as well as increase learning.”

Rebecca Crichton, Executive Director, Northwest Center for Creative Aging, Seattle, WA

I could not have asked a better way to make learning relevant.

“I could not believe that Dori Jones Yang agreed to Skype with my class. Better yet, I was so pleased with how well she connected with my middle school students. They were engaged and interested as she spoke to them at their level. For the first time, they saw the importance of research outside of the social studies classroom, as it finally had a practical purpose. The talk inspired them to work harder on their own research assignments regarding the Mongols. I could not have asked a better way to make learning relevant.”

Kari Parker, Middle School Social Studies Teacher, Columbus School for Girls, Columbus, Ohio

Connects with her listeners

“Dori is an engaging and empathetic speaker who connects with her listeners and involves them in her story, always reaching out to ensure they enjoy the journey. Her use of fascinating photos and images help connect the listener more intimately with her subject matter. As a moderator Dori brings out the story in others – making them feel at ease and encouraging them to share their experiences.”

—Nor Coquillard, Executive Director, Washington State China Relations Council

Dori comes prepared

“A rock star. We should set aside the chair she sat in and not let anyone else sit in it ever. These were the sentiments of the students after Dori visited and gave another amazing talk on Daughter of Xanadu. Whether she is showing photos from her time in China or bringing in ‘props’ to show the students a physical example of something they have visualized through her words, Dori comes prepared. Also, while some authors make a talk about themselves, Dori has a teacherly knack for asking the students questions as she moves along and engaging them in the conversation. She lets them know what it is like to be an author both in her explanation of what it means to be an author and by the way she presents herself.”

Patrick Fuller, Middle School Librarian, Oregon Episcopal School

Honesty and humor

“At her recent presentation and discussion at Horizon House, Dori Jones Yang engaged and informed the audience with honesty and humor. She demonstrated the delicate balance of knowledge and respectful inquiry that is necessary for a group of elders. Asking some of the questions from her new book, Warm Cup of Wisdom, she elicited a wide range of experience and wisdom from the audience. Those kinds of sharing experiences deepen community as well as increase learning.”

Rebecca Crichton, Executive Director, Northwest Center for Creative Aging, Seattle, WA

I could not have asked a better way to make learning relevant.

“I could not believe that Dori Jones Yang agreed to Skype with my class. Better yet, I was so pleased with how well she connected with my middle school students. They were engaged and interested as she spoke to them at their level. For the first time, they saw the importance of research outside of the social studies classroom, as it finally had a practical purpose. The talk inspired them to work harder on their own research assignments regarding the Mongols. I could not have asked a better way to make learning relevant.”

Kari Parker, Middle School Social Studies Teacher, Columbus School for Girls, Columbus, Ohio

Connects with her listeners

“Dori is an engaging and empathetic speaker who connects with her listeners and involves them in her story, always reaching out to ensure they enjoy the journey. Her use of fascinating photos and images help connect the listener more intimately with her subject matter.”

—Nor Coquillard, Executive Director, Washington State China Relations Council

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