ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Louise Su Tang was born and spent her early years in Shanghai. After a 3-year interlude in Portland, Oregon, where her father was Chinese Consul, she completed her secondary education at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Shanghai. She received her B.A. in journalism and political science from UC Berkeley, and her M.A. in School Administration from CSULA.
She is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and Shanghainese. Her desire to reacquaint herself with the people and land of her ancestors took her to towns and embattlements, villages and river banks all over China. To know more about Grandfather Kwong Bing Kong and Grandfather Su Yi Chew, as boys at the Chinese Educational Mission (1872-1881), she traveled to New England and did research at the Yale University Archives and the Connecticut Historical Society.
Louise is married to Kenneth Kai-Nan Tang. They have two grown children, Stephanie and Stephen and three grandchildren, Jared Green and Ashley and Alexander Tang. She has retired from a thirty-year teaching career in Los Angeles and Fairfax County, Virginia.
Louise and her husband live in Pasadena, California, where she is active in the Pacific Asia Museum and the College Women’s Club of Pasadena. She is a member of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California and the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles. Besides working on her book, Chinese brush painting is her passion.