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May-lee Chai

May-lee Chai, who contributed the foreword to Trespass: Ecotone Essayists Beyond the Boundaries of Place, Identity, and Feminism, is the author of ten books of fiction, nonfiction, and translation, including the memoir Hapa Girl and the recent story collection Useful Phrases for Immigrants, which won the Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman. Her writing has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, and the Asian / Pacific American Award for Literature; named a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book; and given honorable mention for the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Book Award.

“From campus open-carry laws to the health of the planet to the way women’s bodies are treated and patrolled, the essays touch upon the most urgent issues of our times. . . . Women here trespass boldly, asserting their right to tell their stories, to critique, to explore, to assert their place in the world. I am honored to join them on this journey.”

May-lee Chai

From the foreword to Trespass


“The characters in May-lee Chai’s riveting Useful Phrases for Immigrants 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. This clear-eyed story collection features characters so well-drawn that I won’t ever forget them.”

Chantel Acevedo

Author of A Falling Star