The Immigration Experience in Short Story

Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories

by May-Lee Chai

Thursday, November 1 at 7pm – Scuppernong Books

May-lee Chai is the author of ten books, including the forthcoming (October 2018) collection of short stories, Useful Phrase for Immigrants; 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, Winberg Chai) and Hapa Girl; a collection of short stories and essays.


Advance Praise for Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories

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“With insight, compassion, and clarity, Chai vividly illustrates the reverberations of migration – both physical and psychological; between countries, cities, and generations;and within families and individuals. You won’t forget these characters.”
—Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers, finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction

“ Useful Phrases for Immigrants holds multitudes, taking us into a dazzling range of lives. With exquisite prose and unforgettable characters, the collection is a must-read.”
—Vanessa Hua, author of A River of Stars

“ The characters in this riveting collection ask searching questions – of themselves, of their families, and of their culture. The answers, they often find, are within themselves, rooted in love and hope.”
—Chantel Acevedo, author of A Falling Star, The Distant Marvels, and The Living Infinite.

Immigration Stories, a joint project of Scuppernong Books and the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival, will explore the immigration and refugee experience in America through the lens of writing: fiction, non-fiction, and works for children. We’ll highlight the stories of the immigrant and refugee population as well as the issues, especially as they impact and affect the local community. Immigration Stories responds directly to these issues by providing the community with the opportunity to interact and engage in a series of public readings, panel discussions, and conversations with writers, scholars, and their neighbors. For more information, call 336-763-1919.

This project is made possible in part by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.