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Nov.05.2011
History is linear for Westerners.  For me, especially my personal history, it’s a spiraling up.  When I began writing after my 3-year sojourn to China in the late 80s, I wrote every day with a heart aching from the ecstacy of thinking through my fingers, even if at an untold distance...
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Jul.21.2011
FORGET SORROW exhibit ends August 13, 201 I passed out in the middle of the night half a month before the opening of this show.  I had internal bleeding that left me with merely one-third of my blood volume.  My doctor friend who works at the Stanford VA told me he'd never seen anyone's...
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Dec.05.2010
It took 14 years to write, sell and paint my graphic memoir, FORGET SORROW.  This week I received the news on its listing as recommended graphic memoir of 2010 in the SF Chronicle and today, the LA Times.  (Just heard as I write that FS made  Barnes & Nobles Year's Best Reading.  Part of my job...
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Jul.15.2010
Belle Yang Interviews Belle Yang Before we begin today's Q and A, please click here to watch this 4 minute film in which I am drawing a graphic novel page.   Q: Ms. Belle, are graphic novels all fiction?   A: Well, Belle, this area of art/literature is still being defined as it...
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Jul.06.2010
 *** I will be at Kepler's in Menlo Park this Thursday the 8th at 7:30 P.M. I’ve had many an interview on this book tour for my graphic memoir, “Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale,” published by WW Norton and Company. I’ve had fun replying to the questions, but sometimes, I leave the sessions...
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Jun.28.2010
" . . . Forget Sorrow isn't just a graphic novel or graphic narrative; it's more like a comic book epic.  Belle makes practically every panel a story onto itself, complete with character, narrative, and setting.  Every page depicts some combination of Yang family history, ancestral lore, and/...
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Jun.21.2010
What does a 1970 Buick Skylark have in common with my books? My father came to America with just enough money to land on the West Coast and a tad leftover to pay tuition for college.  He didn't have much in his pockets, but they were jangling with stories of old China. This year is the fortieth...
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Jun.15.2010
Don't ask me if I've abandoned my color-filled style of painting . . . As far as I can remember, I've loved black and white art.  It began with black crayons on white sheets of paper on the backs of mom's student exams.  When someone mentions comics, my mind flies to black and white inky panels...
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Jun.05.2010
By Susan Henderson Belle Yang has created a story that is both personal and multigenerational in her illustrated memoir, FORGET SORROW. We'll talk about her story of fleeing abuse, of seeking shelter with her Old World Chinese parents, and the dedication required to see this book to...
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May.31.2010
This morning, I heard the line, "Destiny drives through passion," when I tuned into to a BBC Radio Four program on the Aeneid, the founding mythology of Rome*, written by Virgil for Augustus.  It referred to Aeneas leaving behind in North Africa his grand passion for Dido, the...