Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. SchaferConcentrating on Maya Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial, this biography provides some details about Lin's childhood in Athens, Ohio, where her immigrant parents, an artist father and poet mother, taught at Ohio University. Aware of two cultures, Chinese and American, Lin later benefited professionally from that dual identity which had complicated her younger years when she often felt alienated from her peers. At Yale University Lin, skilled in sciences and humanities, thrived intellectually and artistically pursuing architecture. She visited Washington, D.C., to see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial's site while developing her design for a class assignment initiated by a competition which she entered. After judges selected Lin's memorial, she encountered sudden fame and defended her memorial against hostile criticism. Experiencing personal and artistic epiphanies during her international travels, Lin's insights and talents resulted in her receiving commissions to design the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama; projects for communities and universities; and artwork for the Confluence Project designating Meriwether Lewis and William Clark sites on the Columbia River. Although speakers of most quotations are identified, this biography lacks source information. Sidebars discuss the Vietnam War, supplementary information regarding Lin's memorials, and intriguing biographical insights, including profiling Lin's architect aunt, Lin Hui-yin. Generously illustrated, this biography also supplies resources for additional images of Lin's work. Part of the "Asian Americans of Achievement" series.
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