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BiLan was born and raised in China. She and her family experienced much discrimination and
many hardships under the dictator Mao Zedong. During this dark period, all the schools were
closed, and books were destroyed, and she had to study in secret. She was blessed with a variety
of artistic talents: painting, photography, fashion design, journalism, and teaching. While still in
China, in 1999 she was granted U.S. permanent residency as an “Alien of Extraordinary
Abilities.” At age forty-five, she realized her dream when she came to America.

Although she did not speak English when she arrived, within nine years she earned two master’s
degrees in art (MA and MFA), studied art in Italy, and became an art college professor in
Kentucky, where she built the BiLan Liao Gallery. She painted the story of five generations of
her family and the tragedies and triumphs of their lives. She explores the relationships between
her personal story, Chinese history, and fine art in Diary of the Dragon’s Daughter, as she
describes her life during the worst holocaust in recorded human history. Despite the horrors she
endured, including the deaths of her father, mother, and sister, she has a message of hope to
share with people: even during difficult times, never give up your dreams.

She has been featured in these news programs
: ABC Night line, AJC, Supper China, The world China,
Morning Blend (ABC), WSIU (PBS), National Public Radio, Paducah Channel 6 and 2, Atlanta Chinese
News, Women of Wealth magazine,PaducahSun newspaper, Paducah Life magazine etc. She has shown
many of her paintings in the book in museums and galleries, and she has lectured nationally and
internationally. She is now retired so she can concentrate on her artwork, public speaking tours, and
museum events.
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