Lucky me! I got to meet my Facebook friend, writer Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, in person this week. Frances was visiting San Francisco for a writers conference en route to the renowned Banana 2 APA bloggers conference in Los Angeles.
Frances writes the column “Adventures in Multicultural Living” for AnnArbor.com and is a contributor to many books on multiculturalism and education. She’s also an active blogger, teaches at two universities (including the University of Michigan), and is the mother of four children. Whew! Talk about doing it all!
It was great meeting Frances in person at last, after having read her always witty and informative columns. We had a lovely dim sum lunch at Four Seas and talked about everything under the sun, including Tiger Moms, images and stereotypes of Chinese in the media, education, writing, and shopping. (Yes, but of course, we managed to work that into our stop in Chinatown as well.)
I was sad when Frances had to hurry back to her conference but I’m glad that we could get better acquainted. I can’t reveal too many details about her upcoming book project, but I can say it sounds fantastic, timely and oh-so-relevent in this age of globalization and economic anxiety!
And if you’re going to be attending the Banana 2 APA bloggers conference in Los Angeles on Feb. 26, 2011, Frances will be speaking on the panel “Blogging and Social Justice.”
Finally, I’d like to add that Frances sure brings a lot of good luck wherever she goes. The week before she arrived in the Bay Area, we had non-stop pouring-down rain, the cold, horizontal, blows-directly-into-your-face kind of rain, which is just miserable and what we’re known for in the winter. Then in comes Frances, and the sun returns. Then while we were in Chinatown, we witnessed not one but two lion dances! Now is this a coincidence or is this a lucky person to know? (I’m betting on luck.)