eBook Maya Lin: A Biography, 1st Edition

  • Donald Langmead
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  • ISBN-10: 0313378541
  • ISBN-13: 9780313378546
  • DDC: 720.92
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 190 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released January 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011
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Many are familiar with the art and architectural design work of Maya Lin, but the compelling details of her personal background are less well known. This book not only focuses upon Lin’s substantial achievements throughout her life, but also presents Maya Lin’s "prehistory," describing family events in China that led to her parents’ flight to the United States. Author Donald Langmead guides readers through Lin’s ancestry and family connections in precommunist China; her childhood and youth in Athens, Ohio; the story behind the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC; her career after 1982 (by decades); and emphasis on environmental conservation. Written for a young adult and general readership, MAYA LIN: A BIOGRAPHY provides an up-to-date description of how she became one of the most famous and respected artists in America.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Recent Titles in Greenwood Biographies.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
Introduction and Acknowledgments.
1: Timeline: Events in the Life of Maya Lin.
2: “Where are you Really from?”: Chinese Ancestry.
3: A Tradition in Architecture: Lin Huiyin and Liang Sicheng.
4: Escaping China: Maya Lin's Parents.
5: “People Here are Nice”: Athens, Ohio.
6: Outside, Looking in: Childhood and Youth.
7: Almost for “a Lark”: An Undergraduate at Yale.
8: Design in Mashed Potato: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Competition.
9: Annus Horribilis: Building the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
10: Accretions and Aggravations: Continuing Conflicts in Washington.
11: New Haven, New York: New Beginnings.
12: Out of the Wings: The Architect as Artist.
13: A Hectic Decade: The 1990s.
14: A New Millennium.
Further Reading.
About the Author.