Based in: Los Angeles, CA
About: Born in Taiwan, raised in Southern California, Jean is a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California, where she is a Dornsife Fellow in fiction. She is also currently a W.M. Keck and George & Arlene Cheng Research Fellow at the Huntington Library, where she is advancing on an archival project on gender and racial violence in 19th-century Los Angeles Chinatown – the subject of her next book project.
Project Title: Fiona and Jane, a linked short story collection, follows the ebb and flow of friendship between two Chinese American women, from their teenage years into adulthood. The stories shine a light on the ordinary triumphs and catastrophes of Asian women’s lives and examine how the person who knows you best sometimes has the hardest time seeing you change.