Been busy working on the final edits for my novel DRAGON CHICA. It’s a lot of work trying to get a manuscript into final shape before the book goes “into production,” as it’s called in publishing.
Dragon Chica is the story of Nea Chhim and her family, who are Chinese-Cambodian survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime. The novel begins with a miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary in the permafrost of a freezer case in East Dallas. This miracle leads to another: Nea’s family discovers a rich Uncle and Auntie have survived the Communist regime as well and are now living in America. They invite Nea and her family to come join them in “business paradise,” that is, a small town in Nebraska, to help run their Chinese restaurant, The Silver Palace. But once Nea and her family arrive, they discover everything is not as they had hoped. Secrets are exposed, and Nea must fight to save her family…
The book comes out this October from GemmaMedia. You can get a preview on Amazon: Dragon Chica on Amazon.
In the meantime, in case you’re interested in seeing something *right now* about Cambodian Americans, I found a really cool music video in honor of Khmer New Year 2010, set in San Jose, California.
It features Cambodian American singer Laura Mam and her band The Like Me’s.
The short film/music video is called “Dance, Monkey Dance.” It’s super cool!