Anchee Min Quotes

 

To be able to do art, it was a luxury to me.

— Anchee Min

I understood that without English I would never get far, so my dream was to become a receptionist, and so I started to learn English from watching ‘Sesame Street.’

— Anchee Min

The self was a very strange concept to me until I came to America, and my child was born with that entitlement, and that just thrilled me.

— Anchee Min

Of course I have the license to make up things, but I think a lot of what’s written about China is misleading, and most Americans don’t know much about China, in-depth, even though China is such a crucial business partner, rival, whatever.

— Anchee Min

There are a lot of things that immigrants, especially Chinese-Americans, want to share with their children, but there are a lot of things they don’t want to share.

— Anchee Min

My goal was to do anything that would lead to a job. I know that writing would not lead to a job. It’s too fancy for me. My biggest goal was to be an office receptionist, answer phones. I didn’t expect to go beyond that.

— Anchee Min

When I first came to America, you know, I would look at the newsstands and see the women on the magazine covers. I had never seen anyone smile the way these girls smile! It’s like they have nothing to worry about!

— Anchee Min

When Chinese get together – what’s buried stays buried. We don’t even discuss our embarrassing early days struggling in Chicago.

— Anchee Min

No matter how American I become, I’m considered part of the Chinese community by my own family.

— Anchee Min

There have been 50 or 60 books written about Empress Orchid, but none of them bothered to really examine the period in China when she lived. I was taught that she was evil; it’s in all the textbooks.

— Anchee Min

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