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Author Joy Lee Han launches scholarship

Joy Han with her son, Dennis Han, daughter, Lisa Ellner, and son-in-law, Quinn Ellner. (Courtesy photo)

ISHPEMING — Local author, Joy Lee Han, recently published a memoir, “Rice Paper Memoirs.” The memoir outlines her childhood in China, immigration to the United States, and many life experiences including Pearl Harbor, being forced from her home, and her battle with tuberculosis.

Joy L. Han held a book signing on July 16 at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee.

The event featured Han reading from her book, a presentation by her son about her life, and artifacts from her life on display, including the homemade rice paper journal that she had taken with her from China.

The book is available at Snowbound Books in Marquette or online through Amazon.

Tsu Ming Han, husband of Joy Han and also a Chinese immigrant, was a distinguished geologist and senior research laboratory scientist at Cliffs Natural Resources. “Tsu Ming Han: Man of Two Different Worlds,” a biography about Tsu Ming’s life describes his immigration in the 1950s and instrumental role in the development of the lower grade iron ore refinement processes and pelletization, which had a direct impact of the economy in Marquette County.

Recently Joy L. Han established a scholarship fund at the Community Foundation of Marquette County, in honor of her and her late husband, Tsu Ming.

Joy resides in Ishpeming where their three children attended Ishpeming High School. The scholarship will be awarded to graduating seniors of Ishpeming High School that are pursuing a higher education.

For more information, please contact the Community Foundation of Marquette County at 906-226-7666.