BILAN LIAO (廖碧籣畫舘) Artist / Author/ Educator / Speaker
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Second Edition: Diary of the Dragon's Daughter Available at  or
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
Return 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

“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
— 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
BiLan has been featured in these news programs: 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,
New Madrid Journal of Contemporary Literature etc. She has
shown many of her paintings in the book in museums and
galleries, and she has lectured nationally and internationally.
Click the New Event viewing the photos
on July 18
and  more information about
book-signing dates.
Video: BiLan Liao Presenataion: Coming into Tibet