(Ramona Convent Secondary School, Class of 1977) will be traveling from the Netherlands to join us on Thursday, October 19th!She will speak to classes about her fascinating life journey and her passion for the written word.
With the recent publication of her highly acclaimed debut novel, The Dancing Girl & the Turtle
(2017), Karen Kao has come full circle.According to Ms. Kao, her love
of writing and poetry was set into motion at Ramona. She went on to
study English at UC Irvine, where one of her teachers, Charles Wright
(U.S. Poet Laureate 2014-2015) inspired her to become a writer; and, her
friend, Yusef Komunyakaa (Pulitzer Prize winning poet), published her
"During a lifetime in the law, I have used words to forge alliances, mold opinions and manage expectations. My new challenge is to use my words to create: beauty, emotion and truth. Karen Kao
Following her father's advice, Ms. Kao earned a law degree and practiced law in Washington, D.C.She fell in love, married a Dutch man, and moved to Holland; where she immersed herself in the culture, learned the language, and returned to school to obtain her Dutch law degree! Karen eventually became a partner and head of the corporate law department at an Amsterdam-based law firm. Her area of expertise was cross-border mergers and acquisitions, a field of law that requires hard-nosed negotiating skills and an ability to survive on very little sleep. In 2011, she ended her 25 year stint as a high ranking lawyer and embarked upon a third career: a return to her love of writing and the stories she heard as a child about Old Shanghai."-inkstonepress.com
The Dancing Girl & the Turtle (2017), is a powerful and thought-provoking novel set in Shanghai, China (1929 to 1954). "Song Anyi is a rebellious young woman determined to live on her own terms. She's stymied by the old-fashioned ways of her brother Kang, the illicit desires of her cousin Cho, and the war with the Japanese. There is violence in this novel, just as there is violence in the lives of more women than we'd like to think. Some of it is self-inflicted; very little is deserved. Anyi is the voice of every woman denied a place at the table and every girl whose shame led her to self-harm."-- Karen Kao,http://inkstonepress.com/karen-kao-published-works...
Published: April 2017