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Past Event

Debbie Chinn's 'Dancing in Their Light: A Daughter's Unfinished Memoir'

Debbie Chinn's primary professional and volunteer career focus on philanthropic work—to heal our society and bridge our cultural differences—was seeded via a 13-generation saga across continents.

Dancing in Their Light: A Daughter's Unfinished Memoir  is a biographical conversation program exploring the research that bought forth her family’s experiences assimilating in the United States. It is a specifically Chinese American immigration compilation that skillfully weaves together stories of the Chinn family restaurant, "The House of Mah Jong," and the distinct personality of  a golden age of Polynesian floor shows ubiquitous in the 1960s on Long Island.


An Arts and Asia & Pacific Member-led Forums program. Forums at the Club are organized and run by volunteer programmers who are members of The Commonwealth Club, and they cover a diverse range of topics. Learn more about our Forums.

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Bernard Osher Foundation
January 31, 2023

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Debbie Chinn

Executive Director, TheaterWorks Silicon Valley

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Dr. Anne W. Smith

Co-chair, Arts Member-led Forum, The Commonwealth Club of California—Moderator


5 p.m. doors open & check-in
5:30–6:30 p.m. program
6:30 p.m. book signing
(all times PST)


$10 members
$20 nonmembers
$40 members with a book
$50 nonmembers with a book
Free for members
$5 nonmembers
$30 members with a book
$40 nonmembers with a book