The Heartsick Diaspora and Other Stories
- About the Author
Acutely observed, wry and playful, her debut collection celebrates people who are torn between cultures and juggling a fragmented sense of self. Five writers form a writing support group but the dynamics shift when a young, handsome Asian writer joins them; three Singaporean daughters welcome their mother on her first visit to London and quarrel over steamboat; a Chinese woman raps about being a Tiger Mother; an elderly Chinese woman recognizes that it isn’t the race that estranges, but the inability to tell the truth; an ethnic writer takes on Eastern mythology in a metaphoric quest to understand the anxiety of Western literary influence. Filled with humourous and heartening short stories, this anthology is a time capsule of how identities evolve and change with the times and places.
Elaine Chiew is a writer and a visual arts researcher, and editor of Cooked Up: Food Fiction from Around the World (New Internationalist, 2015). Twice the winner of the Bridport Short Story Competition, she has published numerous stories in anthologies in the UK, US, and Singapore. Originally from Malaysia, Chiew graduated from Stanford Law School and worked as a corporate securities lawyer in New York and Hong Kong before studying for an MA in Asian Art History at Lasalle College of the Arts Singapore, a degree conferred by Goldsmiths, University of London. She lives in Singapore and blogs at www.invisibleflaneuse.blogspot.com.
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 256
Year Published: 2019