Author Talk: Beautiful Country
Civil rights litigator and New York Times bestselling author Qian Julie Wang offers this riveting talk inspired by her debut memoir Beautiful Country, which The New York Times called, “an incandescent debut from an astonishing new talent.” Qian Julie balances her powerful personal narrative with authenticity and humor and leaves a lasting impact on audiences of all kinds.
DEI in Corporate and Educational Spaces
Civil rights litigator and New York Times bestselling author Qian Julie Wang uses her unique gift for storytelling to transcend the business, legal, political, and literary worlds and focus on the humanity at the heart of these issues. Qian Julie shares both her personal experience as well as actionable strategies in this compelling talk.
Finding a Home for Immigrants
Civil rights litigator and bestselling memoirist Qian Julie Wang shares insights from her personal experience as a young person immigrating to the U.S., as well as her career advocating for marginalized communities. Qian Julie offers this riveting talk about the power of finding ‘home’.
The Power of Lifelong Literacy and Storytelling
Civil rights litigator and bestselling memoirist Qian Julie Wang offers insights about the power of literacy and storytelling throughout childhood and adulthood in this meaningful talk for audiences of all kinds.
‘Beautiful Country’ author Qian Julie Wang moves audiences with her spellbinding storytelling in powerful keynotes
When civil rights litigator and celebrated author QIAN JULIE WANG spoke with the Harry Walker team last month, we experienced what audiences have been raving about for countless events. The New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Country shared with our captivated audience how her memoir came to be. Written on the subway, on her phone, commute after commute, Qian Julie unearthed her childhood wounds and illuminated experiences shared by so many undocumented children in their families’ pursuit of the American Dream. In rediscovering her childhood self, she began a healing process made possible by the exploration of her past. In spellbinding keynote speeches, Qian Julie humanizes experiences that may not be personal to the audience, building a bridge through storytelling to greater understanding and a sense of community.
As a child, she was inspired by condensed biographies of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall, eventually becoming a renowned civil rights litigator with her own practice with her husband. Beyond her impactful work, which focuses on education and discrimination rights for marginalized communities, Qian Julie shares a powerful message of strength, passion, and patriotism with audiences of all kinds. She left our team at HWA with one of her universal beliefs: healing yourself is the best thing you can do for the world. We aren’t the only ones stunned by her inspiring keynotes, Qian Julie regularly receives glowing praise, such as this review from the Museum of the City of New York: “Thanks to Qian Julie for a tremendous program last night. She gave such a beautifully crafted, powerful talk that had the audience alternatively chuckling, nodding, wiping their eyes, and occasionally even startled… Qian Julie is a supremely talented writer and thinker, and I am sure she will continue to challenge the world with her sharp and nuanced insights. And she couldn’t have been nicer and more gracious to staff and guests and trustees alike.”
Qian Julie Wang is a litigator and the author of Beautiful Country. Beautiful Country was released in 2021 and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Lauded as an “essential book for our times” and named one of the New York Times Book Review’s Notable Books of 2021, Beautiful Country is a poignant and heartrending literary memoir that intimately retraces Qian Julie’s childhood footsteps where at age seven, she moved from China to Brooklyn, New York with her parents, and overnight went from being the daughter of professors to being deemed “illegal.” With an open heart and a strong passion for advocacy and bringing awareness to marginalized communities, she uses her unique gift for storytelling to transcend the business, legal, political, and literary worlds and focus on the humanity at the heart of these issues.
As a litigator, Qian Julie has been praised by clients as "exceptionally talented" and "exemplary.” For a decade, she has represented Fortune 500 corporations, governmental entities, and individuals in complex civil litigation. Qian Julie is now a managing partner at Gottlieb & Wang LLP and is dedicated to advocating for marginalized communities' education and discrimination rights.
Qian Julie is a graduate of Yale Law School and Swarthmore Colleges. Her short pieces have appeared in major publications, including The New York Times and The Washington Post. Qian Julie currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two rescue dogs, Salty and Peppers.