Chinese-American author Ying Chang Compestines novel Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party has been published in Persian.
Translated by Farideh Khorrami, the 2007 book has been published by Peydayesh.
In this novel, nine-year-old Ling is very comfortable in her life; her parents are both dedicated surgeons in the best hospital in Wuhan.
But when Comrade Li, one of Maos political officers, moves into a room in their apartment, Ling begins to witness the gradual disintegration of her world.
In an atmosphere of increasing mistrust, Ling fears for the safety of her neighbors and, soon, for herself and family. Over the course of four years, Ling manages to grow and blossom, even as she suffers more horrors than many people face in a lifetime.
Compestine, who is also a television host and chef, has written Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party based on her life growing up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
The book has been featured on several lists, such as the 2008 American Library Associations (ALA) Best Books for Young Readers, and Publishers Weeklys best childrens books for 2007.
Compestine was born and raised in Wuhan, China. Her family was considered bourgeois, so the Red Guard took her familys belongings and her father was put in jail twice. Because of the familys difficulties, Compestine was sent to live with her grandparents.
She earned a degree in English and American literature and taught English in China. She also worked as an interpreter for Chinas Bureau of Seismology.
Compestine graduated with a masters degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1990. She met her husband just before she finished graduate school.
After immigrating to the United States, Compestine taught sociology and writing at universities in both the U.S. and China.
She has hosted several cooking shows on the Chinese Language News Broadcaster for Phoenix North America Chinese Channel, as well as appearing as a guest on the Food Network, Discovery Channel and HGTV.
Compestine began writing after her son was born, creating the cookbook, Secrets of Fat-Free Chinese Cooking in 1997. She began writing childrens books after her parents died, because she missed China and her family. Since then she has written numerous childrens books, and is actively writing today.