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Jean Kwok immigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn when she was five and worked in a Chinatown clothing factory for much of her childhood. She won early admission to Harvard, where she worked as many as four jobs at a time, and graduated with honors in English and American literature, before going on to earn an MFA in fiction at Columbia. In between her degrees, she worked for three years as a professional ballroom dancer for Fred Astaire Studios in New York City.

Her debut novel Girl in Translation (Riverhead, 2010) is about a gifted immigrant girl who lives a double life between school and sweatshop. It was a New York Times bestseller, has been published in 17 countries and chosen as the winner of an American Library Association Alex Award,
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This is my experience of waiting to hear about being shortlisted for a major writing prize, the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, the world's largest short fiction award. I was thrilled that my short story, "Where the Gods Fly" had made the longlist for a number of reasons: 1) I'd had so [...]
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"I started [working in the sweatshop] when I was only five, and I remember the suffocating blanket of dust that constantly descended upon my arms and face...I used to draw stick figures in the dust when I had the time. " ...More

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Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok
"Great new spinning of the "ugly duckling" becoming a swan. I loved this book. It gave me such a new understanding for struggling to live between two cultures: western and eastern. Charlie is a 22 year old Chinese American girl who has never shone..." Read more of this review »
Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok
"Touching story about father/daughters relationship, old world superstitions/new world culture. Good insights in the lives of the people who live and work in NYC Chinatown, the chinatown park where the older women meet to talk/gossip, people doing..." Read more of this review »
Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok
"Another wonderful book by Jean Kwok. A story of family, love and finding oneself that combines both western and eastern customs and cultures. We first meet Charlie a motherless girl who lives in Chinatown with her traditionalist father and her bri..." Read more of this review »
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
" Krystal wrote: "The end! THE END! I fell upon my bed with a smile. This was an amazing book, five stars for sure! I love reading about the difficultie ...more"
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" Julie wrote: "I am so happy to have won a copy from firstreads here on goodreads. I will be reading Mambo in Chinatown next. Thank you!"

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“What a relationship looks like on the outside isn't the same as what it's like on the inside. You can be more in love with someone in your mind than with the person you see every day.”
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Mysti Jean wrote: "Mysti wrote: "Saw an Apple commercial about their e-reader and noticed your book was part of the collection. How exciting for you!"

Mysti, do you have a link or any other info so I can try to find..."


I sent you a link through a message.


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Jean Kwok Mysti wrote: "Saw an Apple commercial about their e-reader and noticed your book was part of the collection. How exciting for you!"

Mysti, do you have a link or any other info so I can try to find this commercial? Is it for the Ipad? Where did you see it? Thanks!


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Jean Kwok Mysti wrote: "Saw an Apple commercial about their e-reader and noticed your book was part of the collection. How exciting for you!"

Mysti, I didn't know that! Thanks so much for telling me, very exciting! Best, Jean


message 1: by Mysti

Mysti Saw an Apple commercial about their e-reader and noticed your book was part of the collection. How exciting for you!


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