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Ep. 196: Lan and Harlan Margaret Van Cao on Co-Writing their Mother-Daughter Memoir

Ep. 196

Lan Cao is the author of Monkey Bridge and The Lotus and the Storm, and most recently of the scholarly work Culture in Law and Development: Nurturing Positive Change. She is a professor of law at the Chapman University School of Law, and an internationally recognized expert specializing in international business and trade, international law, and development. She has taught at Brooklyn Law School, Duke University School of Law, University of Michigan Law School, and William & Mary Law School.


Harlan Margaret Van Cao is a recent high school graduate. She was born in Williamsburg, Virginia and moved to Southern California when she was ten. She has a beautiful singing voice and plays the violin and piano. She will be attending UCLA in the fall of 2020 and plans to study economics and philosophy, while also continuing to write. 


Their book, Family in Six Tones, is at once special and universal, speaking to the unique struggles of refugees as well as the universal tug-of-war between mothers and daughters. 


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