May-lee Chai

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May-lee Chai is the author of ten  books, including the short story collection, Useful Phrases for Immigrants, which won a 2019 American Book Award; memoir Hapa Girl, a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book; the novel Tiger Girl, which won an Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature; and her original translation from Chinese to English of the 1934 Autobiography of Ba Jin. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University.


Cover Photo: A close-up of a statue of a qilin, a mythical beast of Chinese origin
Where Once Were Qilin: Return to Nanjing

What did it mean that now both the villages and the qilin were gone? This portal to the ancestors gone forever.

Oct 16, 2019
Cover Photo: Wikimedia
Women at Work and Other Tales of Survival

“So long as men can harass women without consequences, they will continue to do so.”

Dec 13, 2017
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
The Peaches: How to Punish the Fruit of Your Own Flesh

My grandmother wanted a perfect funeral for the man who’d beaten and abused her for all fifty years of their marriage.

Aug 08, 2017