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LOCAL>> May-Lee Chai – Tomorrow in Shanghai

Presented by Book Passage at Streaming Arts

Sep 13 2022
LOCAL>> May-Lee Chai – Tomorrow in Shanghai

May-Lee Chai photo courtesy of the author

Author Event: A short story collection exploring cultural complexities in China & the world at large

In conversation with Melissa Fu

A short story collection exploring cultural complexities in China, the Chinese diaspora in America, and the world at large.

In a vibrant and illuminating follow-up to her award-winning story collection, Useful Phrases for Immigrants, May-lee Chai’s latest collection Tomorrow in Shanghai explores multicultural complexities through lenses of class, wealth, age, gender, and sexuality.

These stories transport the reader, variously:
– to rural China, where a city doctor harvests organs to fund a wedding and a future for his family;
– on a vacation to France, where a white mother and her biracial daughter cannot escape their fraught relationship;
– inside the unexpected romance of two Chinese-American women living abroad in China; and finally,
– to a future Chinese colony on Mars, where an aging working-class woman lands a job as a nanny.

Chai’s stories are essential reading for an increasingly globalized world.


May-lee Chai is a writer and educator. May-lee is the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship; 2014 APALA (Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association) Literary Award. She is the author of eleven books, including three novels, My Lucky Face, Dragon Chica, and Tiger Girl; the novella, Training Days; two works of memoir, The Girl from Purple Mountain (co-authored with her father) and the American Book Award–winning short story collection Useful Phrases for Immigrants.

Melissa Fu has worked in education as a teacher, curriculum developer, and consultant was the regional winner of the Words and Women 2016 Prose Competition. Her work appears in several publications including The Lonely Crowd, International Literature Showcase, among others. Her debut novel, Peach Blossom Spring is a bold and moving look at the history of modern China, told through the story of one family. It’s about the power of our past, the hope for a better future, and the search


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5:30 - 6:30 pm