Author Event with Qian Julie Wang

Join us on April 7 to hear from Qian Julie Wang, an author, speaker and litigator. Qian Julie will share an exclusive reading from her literary memoir about growing up undocumented in New York City (to be published September 7th with Doubleday), and engage in a discussion about the recent spate of anti-Asian violence, and how the model minority myth affects the advancement of Asian Americans in the legal profession. This event will be moderated by Professor Margaret Y.K. Woo, Northeastern University School of Law. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of Qian Julie.


Qian Julie Wang
Qian Julie Wang is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she co-led APALSA. She is now managing partner of a New York boutique firm dedicated to advocating for education and discrimination rights of special needs children, people of color, and immigrants. She previously led commercial litigation at Kirkland & Ellis and Robins Kaplan, where she was elected to partnership within two years of joining the firm. Qian Julie has particular experience with suing major law firms and with civil appeals across all subject matters, having managed over 40 civil appeals in state and federal courts, including the US Supreme Court. Early in her legal career, she clerked on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and on the Alaska Supreme Court.

At age seven, Qian Julie moved from China to Brooklyn, New York with her parents. For years thereafter, the three lived in the shadows and poverty of undocumented life. Her first book, Beautiful Country, will be published by Doubleday on September 7, 2021. Already lauded as an “essential book for our times,” Beautiful Country is a poignant and heartrending literary memoir that intimately retraces Qian Julie’s childhood footsteps as she went overnight from being the daughter of professors to being deemed “illegal.” Qian Julie’s short pieces have appeared in major publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post. Most recently, she published an op-ed in The New York Times titled “Anti-Asian Racism Isn’t New,” which places the recent wave of anti-Asian hate crimes against the long history of anti-Asian racism in the United States.

Early praise for the book includes:

“Beautiful Country rings with power and authenticity. Wang’s searing exploration reveals how she and her family were forced to navigate the yawning cracks in the American Dream. An eloquent, thought-provoking and touching memoir.”

— Jean Kwok, Author of Girl in Translation and Searching for Sylvie Lee.

Hosted by:
The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) at Northeastern Law

In collaboration with Northeastern Law's:
Office of Development and Alumni/ae Relations
Black Law Student Association (BLSA)
Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA)
Middle Eastern & South Asian Law Student Association (MESALSA)
Multicultural Law Students Association (MLSA)


April 7, 2021

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

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