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Voices for Justice: Author Qian Julie Wang

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Chicago Public Library is pleased to welcome author Qian Julie Wang as part of our Voices for Justice speaker series, and in celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Month. She is the author of Beautiful Country, a bestselling memoir on her life growing up as an undocumented child in the richest country in the world. She will be in conversation with journalist Monica Eng. 

Qian Julie Wang is a litigator and the author of Beautiful Country. Beautiful Country was released in 2021 and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Lauded as an “essential book for our times” and named one of the New York Times Book Review’s Notable Books of 2021, Beautiful Country is a poignant and heartrending literary memoir that intimately retraces Qian Julie’s childhood footsteps where at age seven, she moved from China to Brooklyn, New York with her parents, and overnight went from being the daughter of professors to being deemed “illegal.” With an open heart and a strong passion for advocacy and bringing awareness to marginalized communities, she uses her unique gift for storytelling to transcend the business, legal, political, and literary worlds and focus on the humanity at the heart of these issues.

Monica Eng is a reporter for Axios Chicago where she reports on food, health, cultural, politics, environmental issues and more.

Before coming to Axios in 2021, she worked at WBEZ, the Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune where she spent 16 years editing and reporting on food, culture and health. Monica has won multiple writing awards and been nominated for the James Beard Award five times. Monica is a fourth generation Chicagoan whose great grandfather came to Chicago from China in 1911. Her children are fourth generation Chicago Public School graduates.

This program is made possible thanks to generous support from the Chicago Public Library Foundation. For more information on the Foundation, visit

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How to Attend:

This event will take place live on CPL's YouTube channel and CPL's Facebook page. You'll be able to ask questions during the event as well! Can't make it to the live stream? We'll archive the video on YouTube to watch later.


Automatic captioning is available via Facebook and YouTube's closed captioning setting. Need ASL interpretation or other accommodations for this event? Please call (312) 747-4015. Requests must be made at least 14 business days before the event.

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