Nebraska Authors

Da Chen

Born 1962 (CHINA)

Chen came to Lincoln from China at age 23. As the grandson of a landowner during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, he endured political persecution, public ridicule, and poverty. His book, Colors of the Mountain, is 'a simple tale, bluntly and plainly told, of one youth's desire to escape the scorched political earth of his home and find a greener future.'

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
New York, NY

Author Of

  • Biography




Beijing Language Institute
Union College, Lincoln, NE
Columbia Law School, New York, NY


Investment Banker


Colors of the Mountain. 1999.
Sounds of the River: A Memoir. 2002.

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