I'm of Chinese descent but grew up in Malaysia, spent 4 years in Australia completing a BA specializing in English literature, currently a full-time student doing an MA in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College in NY.
I'm a writer of middle-grade and YA fiction, usually urban fantasy, and or historical fiction. Am also a sucker for lots of action and adventure, with a little bit of romance thrown in. Growing up in a multicultural society and being taught in no less than three languages has made me multilingual, but has also developed me into a reader who appreciates and is greatly fascinated by the beautiful diversity of cultures.
As a child, I have always loved reading about the "West" -about fairies, elves and wishing chairs. Ah, the mysterious, beautiful and exciting West that's so full of adventures! In comparison, Asia, especially Malaysia, had seemed so dull, so BORING! A place where nothing magical EVER happens (why was I born in such a place?!) So, I grew up to love English, and developed a thirst for Western culture and history, and even travelled to these countries.
But the turning point in my growth was when I finally began to realize and to appreciate the magic that is unique to my own culture and heritage. It was at the point when I had begun taking Japanese as an elective in college that I came to understand that- Hey, we have magic too! We have fox demons, dragons, monkey gods and most of all, kung fu!! (yelled with the same vigor as Po the Dragon Warrior) If I could fall in love with fairies and elves and wishing chairs, other children could fall in love with the wonders of Asian stories too. Someone just has to tell the story, and I want to be one of them.
My current project is a novel inspired by Chinese folklore and set in Ancient China, called "The Bride of the Huli Jing". It delves deeply into what I have studied about the historical culture of the Song Dynasty, and my goal is to share the knowledge of my heritage in the most interesting way I know how to English readers.
Member since 2011
Region: New York: Metropolitan
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