BILAN LIAO (廖碧籣畫舘) Artist / Author/ Educator / Speaker
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Second Edition: Diary of the Dragon's Daughter
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Frank Dikotter

Red Color News Soldier
The book includes three series of artwork. Painting as a window into Chinese History is about the five
generations of women in the author's family who experienced abuse, neglect, starvation and the death of
her father and her sister. The author had to work as a welder at the age of fourteen. Soon she was
assigned to a project in a wasteland where she lived in a morgue that was still surrounded by many
graves and ghosts. Later she worked as a welder in a church that had been turned into a factory. During
this dark period, all the schools were closed, and the books were destroyed. She received her education
in hiding from her capitalist colleagues to kept alive her “America Dream.”
Coming into Tibet is her
attempt to capture the vastness of the landscapes and the beauty of the Tibetan people. The
series is about the impact of war on women around the world. In this second edition BiLan added the
chapter “My Life in America,” now expanding the book to 254 pages, including 54 color pages
accompanied by over 500 images.

“A moving, beautifully told, magnificently illustrated story of one woman and her family’s ordeal during
decades of persecution by the Chinese Communist Party.”
— Frank Dikotter

“Her life in the U.S. which is especially relevant today - during a time when many immigrants are being
viewed with such negativity….”
— Vance Farrow  

“Her journey is heroic, and her telling is educational and inspirational.  Her paintings require one to ask
more questions….”
— Sue Ann Taylor,

“Diary of the Dragon’s Daughter has inspired me to stay true to my own dreams and to seek ever greater
goals in my own life.”
— Leslie Safford