Friday, April 19, 2019

Come Join Us at the Carmel Valley Women's Club


Date: May 1, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Event Description:
On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, the Carmel Valley Women’s Club (CVWC) will host a luncheon with guest speaker Jana McBurney-Lin, Journalist and Novelist, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at Roux Restaurant in Carmel Valley, CA. $45 per person for CVWC members, $50 per person for non-members. Reservations are required, no walk-ins. Reservations or cancellations must be received by 12:00 pm on Friday, April 26, 2019. Register online or by calling CVWC Event Coordinator, Penny Wood, at (831) 624-3081. Proceeds benefit the CVWC Foundation’s Annual Scholarship and Community Nonprofit Fund. Join us at Roux for a delightful luncheon of Roux specialties served family style. Jana McBurney-Lin, Journalist and Novelist, has been a writer for media in many countries for numerous publications, including: National Public Radio, Writer's Digest, United Airlines' Hemispheres, Islands Magazine, Singapore Straits Times, Japan Times and dozens of others. Jana met her husband, a native of southern China while working in Tokyo. They lived in Singapore and spent time with his family in Fujian province of China. She is a member of the Chinese-American community, and the past President of the South Bay chapter of the U.S.-China People's Friendship Association. She has written two novels set in Asia: y Half of the Sky (2006) and Blossoms and Bayonets (2012). ************** The Carmel Valley Women’s Club Foundation is a social organization consisting of community-minded Monterey Peninsula women concerned with the welfare of Carmel Valley, the education of Carmel Valley’s young women and the individual needs of its membership.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Great time at the Carmel Foundation

Had a lovely time at the Carmel Foundation discussing My Half of the Sky and Blossoms and Bayonets.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Invited to Participate in North Carolina Teaching Asia Network

In April, I'll be discussing My Half of the Sky with UNC-Wilmington students/faculty. Check out the event here.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

An amazing event!

Had a great time with the Asian Art Society of Monterey, discussing My Half of the Sky and the projects that have emerged as a result.  Thanks to President Jean Hurd for hosting me.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Meaningful Time in San Diego at APHAFIC

Discussing Stories that Must be Told

Smiling with the Board of APHAFIC

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

If you're in the San Diego neighborhood on 2/25,stop by...

Winter meeting on Saturday, February 25, 2017
1:30 pm-3:30 pm
University Community Library,
4155 Governor Dr. San Diego, 92122, CA (858-552-1655 )
Program: Keynote speech and book sign, refreshment.
Free admission. Public is welcome
Jana McBurney-Lin speaks on
“Stories That Need to Be Told”

Author Jana McBurney-Lin will discuss her second novel, Blossoms and Bayonets (樱花 和 刺刀), which follows the family of one of the first Christian ministers in Korea during WWII--a time when the only permissible god was the Emperor of Japan. The story, co-authored by Dr. Hi Dong Chai (崔 熙東)who lived the history, not only follows his family in Seoul from 1942-45, but also offers an account of the War in the Pacific. Jana will talk about how this story found her, how the telling of it healed some of Dr. Chai's wounds, and the numerous stories she has uncovered since.

For reservation and information, please contact Lilin Wang 858-246-6165 ( or Camellia Yeqing Chen, 858-212-3645 ( Board of Directors: Jack Meng, Michael P. Lee, Lilin Wang, Mary Lee, Camellia Yeqing Chen, Ronghui (Lily) Xu, Winner Davis, Yuman Yang and Nancy Lo.

Jana McBurney-Lin, a native of Illinois with a degree in Communications, lived in Asia for 15 years—specifically, Japan and Singapore. There she worked as an editor for ALC Press, while freelancing for media sources around the world, including National Public Radio, Hemispheres magazine, Singapore Straits Times, and dozens of others. She wrote two novels: My Half of the Sky and Blossoms and Bayonets. She served as president of the California Writers Club, and the U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association. She formed the first writers camp for kids in the mountains and recently started a blog highlighting Chinese-American views on ways to improve relations called, “Bridge over the Pacific.” (

What People Are Saying About My Half of the Sky

My Half of the Sky was the BookSense Pick for August 2006 as well as a Forbes Book Club Pick.

"McBurney-Lin tells a wonderfully entertaining story with the traditional coming-of-age theme (which is experienced universally)...weaving in the cultural challenges of growing up in China's rapidly changing social system."
Mary Warpeha, co-President of the Minnesota Chapter of US-China Friendship Association
March 2010

"The novel ...includes many of the tales and the folk ways of the people living in the rural areas of South China, still followed provincially. The story takes place in current China, but could relate the dilemma of any young woman in rural China through the ages."
Kitty Trescott, National Board of the Midwest Region of US-China Friendship Association. March 2010

"A lot is expected of a young Chinese girl. My Half of the Sky by Jana McBurney-Lin is the story of Li Hui, a young girl who has just achieved marriageable age. She seeks to make the most of herself, but the expectations all around her make it difficult, as her parents seek to use her as pawn to their advantage, she is faced with what she believes to be true love. She must balance career, romance, and family, all to somehow make everyone happy, a tough endeavor indeed. An engaging and entertaining read from beginning to end, "My Half of the Sky" is a poignant tale of the modern Chinese woman, and recommended for community library collections.
--Midwest Book Review November, 2008

“It is a rare women’s novel that sensitively describes the life of a young educated woman in modern-day China in its full complexity, without resorting to unnecessary sentimentalism. Jana’s deep knowledge of the realities of life in China and Singapore makes the reading extra rewarding. In fact, with every new page the novel gets harder to put down and you find yourself gobbling it up before you know it. Finally, the author has given a voice to the Li Hui in all of us, as we struggle for the golden middle between tradition and the modern momentum of our world.”
Isabella Sluzek
Friends of the Museum Book Review 2008

You'll be rooting all the way for Li Hui as she struggles, ahead of the curve, to be her own woman in an emerging, modern China. Jana McBurney-Lin's My half of the Sky is a beautiful, witty, touching debut novel.
Thomas B. Sawyer
Head Writer TV Series "Murder, She Wrote,"
Author - The Sixteenth Man

A complex and mesmerizingly original tale of a young Chinese woman caught between the modern world and the pull of her ancient culture. McBurney-Lin’s intimate portrait of China sparks with insights and is peopled with characters so rich and alive, they seem to breathe on the page. Dazzling and unforgettable.
Caroline Leavitt,
Author - Girls in Trouble

McBurney-Lin's debut novel is a gift. Li Hui is a memorable heroine, a young woman torn between her heart and her culture.Her daunting journey is a trip into China's complicated soul, and a deeply moving exploration of love, honor, duty, and loss." Frank Baldwin, Author - Balling the Jack

My Half of the Sky is a wonderfully-crafted story that was obviously written with a piece of McBurney-Lin's heart. A masterpiece."
Lee Lofland, Author - Howdunit: Police Procedure and Investigation

My Half of the Sky heralds the arrival of a fantastic new storyteller. With artistry and precision, Jana McBurney-Lin's clear-eyed prose takes the reader on a new journey into a past world that speaks to a modern sensibility, a modern world, a modern woman. This is a book to be treasured.
Emily Rapp, Author - The Poster Child

Through vivid descriptions of sights and smells, Jana McBurney-Lin's My Half of the Sky is a haunting, emotional journey of what it means to be an honorable female in modern China. Jill Ferguson, Author - Sometimes Art Can't Save You