Julia Lin is the author of two Taiwanese-Canadian books (Miah, a collection of short stories and Shadows of the Crimson Sun, the biography of long-time Richmond resident and physician Dr. Charles Yang). Trained as an immunologist, Julia is a Richmond high school math teacher who currently serves on the Vancouver Public Library Board as well as the executive of the Writers' Union of Canada.
Her two books tell the stories of Taiwanese-Canadians and their immigrant experiences from Taiwan and Manchuria to today's Richmond in both fiction and non-fiction. "Taiwan has been unwillingly caught in the turbulent history of China over the last century. A Japanese colony for fifty years from 1895 to 1945, the Taiwanese suffered even more oppression under the Chinese Kuomintang government after World War II," Julia said. She will be reading short excerpts from both books.
The In Harmony With the Tao: A Guided Journey Into the Tao Te Ching is one of the most widely read and deeply loved works of ancient spiritual wisdom in the world. But its dense and cryptic lines can sometimes yield more confusion than illumination. If you've ever found yourself understanding the printed words but thinking, "Yes, but what does this mean and how is it relevant to me?" then In Harmony With the Tao is your guide into deeper understanding of this classic work of Chinese philosophy.
Francis Pring-Mill has a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Oxford. In his book he applies skills developed as a professional facilitator, course developer and instructor, and communicator to offer the reader a guided journey into a densely written ancient spiritual text.
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