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Born in Shanghai, I write now from Toronto. I’m a Stanford MBA grad and a Warren Wilson MFA candidate grinding away at a speculative novel on memory, capitalism and Asian identity.

My stories and essays appear in the New York Times, Guardian, Ricepaper and 4th Estate. My story “Swimmer of Yangtze” won the 2018 Guardian 4th Estate Short Story Prize. Recently, my stories were shortlisted/finalists for the Gulf Coast Prize, Ploughshares Emerging Writers Contest, LitMag Virginia Woolf Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

Until last year, I was at Penguin Random House in New York and Toronto. Before that, I worked for Pearson Education growing affordable schools for low-income families in Africa and was a consultant at McKinsey.

Photo credit: Emma Norman Photography



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