Nicole Mones was one of the earliest participants in U.S.-China trade after the Cold War ban was lifted in the 1970s. As an individual, she traded textiles with China for eighteen years before she turned to writing. Her novels, Lost in Translation (1998), A Cup of Light (2002), and The Last Chinese Chef (2007), are in print in more than twenty-five countries and have received multiple juried prizes, including the Kafka Prize for the best work of fiction by an American woman. Her most recent book is Night in Shanghai (2014). Nicole’s nonfiction has appeared in New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Gourmet, among other publications. She is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.