Local Activist Ying Lee reads from her new book at Berkeley Public Library

January 30, 2013

Contact: Debbie Carton (Ph: 510-981-6139)


Activist Ying Lee reads from her new book, Ying Lee, from Shanghai to Berkeley at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 3 at the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room of the Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch, 2090 Kittredge Street. Lee, also known as Ying Lee Kelley, lived under war or the threat of war for most her years growing up in China and Hong Kong. She came to San Francisco as a teenager and spent her young adult life in the throes of a changing world that would catapult her into the anti-war movement around the same time that she became a wife, mother and teacher. Lee’s struggle for peace and justice led her into politics, where she would become Berkeley’s first – and only – Asian city council member. Her belief in a better world would lead her to work for Congress members Ronald V. Dellums and Barbara Lee. Now a grandmother, Lee continues her fight for justice and against war. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library (www.berkeleylibraryfriends.org).  Copies of Ms. Lee’s book will be available for purchase and signing. For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6139. The Central Library is open Monday, noon-8 p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.  For questions and accessibility information, call 510-981-6195, TTY 510-548-1240, http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.