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As promised, I’m now posting some short videos from the Tiger Girl launch party at Books Inc., including a short reading and excerpt from the Q&A, a song by the amazing Cambodian American singer Laura Mam, and a 30-second video that gives you a feel for the event!



Much thanks to everyone who came to the launch at Books Inc./Opera Plaza in San Francisco! And I hope these videos can give a feel of the event to those who could not come in person.

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Where would a Tiger Girl be without her Tiger Family? I was thrilled my family could come for the launch party at Books Inc./Opera Plaza in San Francisco!

I’ll be posting more “official” type photos of the book launch party (which was so much fun!) later, but for now I wanted to start with the people who’ve always been there for this tiger girl, my family. 😀

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Me and Adelaide

Me and Adelaide

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Here’s the most recent list of the upcoming events celebrating the launch of my new novel, Tiger Girl! All events are free and open to the public!

Fall 2013 Events:

Saturday, October 26, Tiger Girl Launch Party at Books Inc/Opera Plaza in San Francisco, 5pm.

Monday, November 4, Reading at Writers on Writing series at San Francisco State University, 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, November 26, Reading at Barnes & Noble bookstore, in Redlands, California at 6: 30 pm.












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Here’s an sneak peek at TIGER GIRL, my new novel coming out in stores and online this October 7, 2013.

Check out this four-minute excerpt:

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Video interview about my new novel, Tiger Girl, family, secrets, and hybridity! We also talk about some of my other books, including Hapa Girl, The Girl from Purple Mountain, and Dragon Chica.

And you can read more about it by clicking on the Inlandia Literary Journal blog.

Much thanks to John Bender, Metro Editor of the Riverside, CA, Press-Enterprise newspaper; Orlando Ramirez, editor of La Prensa; and Cati Porter, executive director of the Inlandia Institute.

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Kirkus Reviews gave TIGER GIRL a great review! My publisher, GemmaMedia, just sent me the clipping! Yay!!!

Author: May-lee Chai

Nineteen-year-old Khmer Rouge survivor and Cambodian refugee Nea Chhim sets out to uncover a lifetime of lies in this quietly powerful sequel to Chai’s Dragon Chica (2010).

It’s been a year since Nea found out she was adopted by Ma, and the people she’s always known as Auntie and Uncle are her biological parents. Plagued by nightmares about her childhood, Nea decides to confront the past in order to exorcise the ghosts of the present, resolving to gain Uncle’s love and approval as his daughter so her mind can rest. Nea is shocked to find that this once-wealthy man is now a low-key bakery owner living a monklike existence, donating most of his inventory to local charities in penance for the guilt he feels over his wife’s death. Nea plans to win him over by helping him prosper, but when the bakery becomes a local hot spot, her plan doesn’t yield the results she desires. When a family member long thought lost reappears, Nea must learn to let go of what’s she been trying so hard to grasp. Nea’s narration is meticulous, recapping the events of the earlier book and then proceeding, describing events and emotions in detail.

Readers need not have read the previous book to understand this story of family, forgiveness and belonging, and it provides a jumping-off point for further reading about Cambodian history. (Fiction. 15 & up)
Review Issue Date: September 15, 2013
Online Publish Date: August 28, 2013
Pages: 240
Price ( Paperback ): $14.95
Publication Date: October 30, 2013
ISBN ( Paperback ): 978-1-936846-45-0
Category: Fiction


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I just received an advance copy of Tiger Girl, my novel that’s officially coming out this October!


My publisher, GemmaMedia, sent me a few copies in advance of publication so that I could see the cover and layout. I’m so excited!

It’s gorgeous! Much thanks to Howard Wong of Grace Image Photography in San Francisco for the cover design.


The story follows Nea Chhim, the protagonist of Dragon Chica, on a journey to find her biological father. They were separated because of war and the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. In Tiger Girl, Nea directly confronts her past and tries to reunite the multiple missing branches of her family. However, as is so often the case with good intentions, Nea’s quest does not turn out as she anticipated. To find out what happens, look for Tiger Girl in bookstores (or online) this October!

Mark your calendars: The book launch party will be held at Books Inc./Opera Plaza in San Francisco on October 26, 2013, beginning at 5 p.m. Cambodian American singer Laura Mam will be performing an acoustic set in Khmer and English!

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