Portfolio of Paintings




Hauk Fine Arts

206 FountainAve.

Pacific Grove CA







Author Artist

Carmel, California


Born in Taiwan, Belle Yang spent part of her childhood in Japan.  At age seven she emigrated to the United States with her family.  She attended Stirling University in Scotland, graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in biology but went on to study art at Pasadena Art Center College of Design and the Beijing Institute of Traditional Chinese Painting.

She returned from China to the United States late in 1989 after the Tiananmen Massacre.

"I returned with gratitude in my heart for the freedom of expression given me in America.  I returned convinced that I would firmly grasp this gift with both hands."-- from the introduction to Baba.



illustrated, adult nonfiction:                                                              

Baba: A Return to China Upon My Father's Shoulders

1994 Harcourt Brace


The Odyssey of a Manchurian

1996 Harcourt Brace


Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale

2010 W.W. Norton & Co.


picture books:



1999 Harcourt Brace


Hannah Is My Name

2004 Candlewick Press


Always Come Home to Me

2007 Candlewick Press


Foo the Flying Frog of Washtub Pond

2009 Candlewick Press


Amy Tan, in her preface to Baba, writes: "Belle Yang is an American writer who writes in English and thinks in Chinese.  Her writing feels Chinese....It is as though we, the readers of English, can now miraculously read Chinese."

"In Belle Yang we have our Isaac Bashevis Singer and Marc Chagall--all in one bright new talent."--Maxine Hong Kingston

"Captivating...rich in humanity...lavishly illustrated and lovingly narrated, Baba wonderfully evokes the sights, sounds and motions of a lost childhood."--Los Angeles Times


solo shows:

Monterey Museum of Art 1996 & 2007                             

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History 1997 & 2014          

Orange County Museum of Art 1997                 

American Immigration Law Foundation 2007

The Discovery Museum of San Jose 2007

Pacific Asia Museum 2010

San Francisco Main Library 2011

Martin Luther King Jr. Library 2011

National Steinbeck Center 2012




video on drawing a comics page

blog and book tour schedule

UC Davis Mondavi Center "WordsTake Wing," honoring diversity in children's literature



"I applaud you for sharing your own story of immigration as you experienced it as a child, and hope that it will be heard by other children who are in similar situations."

-- Nancy Pelosi


"My Name is Belle," winner of the

 CINE Golden Eagle award,

 which celebrates excellence in

 film, video and media arts


Produced by Mac & Ava Motion Pictures

Premiere on public television in May 2007

Pacific Rim Film Festival October 2007

DVD available at Hauk Fine Arts for $19.95


Belle Yang Essay:

Sacramento Bee California Author Series


Recent Reviews on "Forget Sorrow"

Washington Post Book World Web

Washington Post Book World

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Examiner

Seattle Times                                  

Time Magazine                                

The Asian Reporter                        

The Smithsonian                           

Northern California Council of the

National Museum of  Women in the Arts


Belle Yang Books at Amazon.com

contact: msbelleyang@gmail.com


Literary Agent: Al Zuckerman, Writers House





Flight of the Monkey King


Language of Dreams


Paintings, poems and calligraphy

by Joseph Yang, upon whose

story much of daughter Belle's

writing and art is based on






New York Times & Kirkus Reviews

Summertime Rainbow

A Nest in Springtime






video of how to draw a comics page

Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale



Foo the Flying Frog of Washtub Pond




See Video of Always Come Home to Me

CALA Best Children's Book of 2008



Hannah Is My Name



Baba:A Return to China Upon My Father's Shoulders


The Odyssey of a Manchurian