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May-lee Chai + Sequoia Nagamatsu: Tomorrow in Shanghai

August 31, 2022, 7 pm8 pm.
$0 – $17.95

Join us for a virtual event with American Book Award recipient May-lee Chai for the launch of her new collection of short stories Tomorrow in Shanghai. Joining May-lee in conversation is award-winning author Sequoia Nagamatsu. This event will be hosted on Zoom.


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—always tracking the nuanced, knotty, and intricate exchanges of interpersonal and institutional power.

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.

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