Please join us for the U.S. premier of Lan Yan’s book The Yan House: A Family at the Heart of a Century in Chinese History. Lan Yan was not allowed to attend higher education because her Communist family had been designated as counterrevolutionaries. In 1969, she and her mother were sent to a labor camp in Henan. In 1977, a year after the end of the Cultural Revolution, she enrolled at university. Exceptionally motivated, she was awarded grants to study at the most prestigious universities in Europe and the United States. In 1991, she joined Gide Loyrette Mouel, a Paris-based international law firm, and became the first foreign-born woman to make partner. In 1998, she returned to China to run the firm’s Beijing office. Since 2011, Lan Yan has been the managing director.