Alison Singh Gee

Alison Singh Gee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and author. Her Hong Kong-India memoir, Where the Peacocks Sing: A Palace, a Prince and the Search for Home (2013), about her comic and complex relationship with her husband's 19th-century Indian palace, was a National Geographic Traveler book of the month. She was a features writer for People magazine, and has written for Vanity Fair, InStyle, Marie Claire, the International Herald Tribune and The Wall Street Journal. In the 1990s, she was a features writer for the South China Morning Post Sunday magazine. She is presently working on her second memoir, Cooking for the Maharani: Four Continents, Six Iconic Chefs and One Tall Glass of Revenge. Picture: Larsen&Talbert
Alison Singh Gee
Alison Singh Gee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and author. Her Hong Kong-India memoir, Where the Peacocks Sing: A Palace, a Prince and the Search for Home (2013), about her comic and complex relationship with her husband's 19th-century Indian palace, was a National Geographic Traveler book of the month. She was a features writer for People magazine, and has written for Vanity Fair, InStyle, Marie Claire, the International Herald Tribune and The Wall Street Journal. In the 1990s, she was a features writer for the South China Morning Post Sunday magazine. She is presently working on her second memoir, Cooking for the Maharani: Four Continents, Six Iconic Chefs and One Tall Glass of Revenge. Picture: Larsen&Talbert

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A crazy poor Asian story of sex, drugs and cage dancing in Angie Wang’s MDMA, a film based on her life

Chinese-American writer director Angie Wang’s film based on her time as an ecstasy manufacturer and dealer is mostly autobiographical, but a few pivotal moments have been fictionalised.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:22AM

Chinese-American writer director Angie Wang’s film based on her time as an ecstasy manufacturer and dealer is mostly autobiographical, but a few pivotal moments have been fictionalised.

A crazy poor Asian story of sex, drugs and cage dancing in Angie Wang’s MDMA, a film based on her life
Chinese birth tourism: pregnant women in California’s ‘maternity hotels’ given voice in empowering novel

Vanessa Hua’s A River of Stars explores the immigrant experience in the US from a new perspective, taking the reader inside maternity boarding houses where myriad characters, each with their own reason for being there, exist.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Vanessa Hua’s A River of Stars explores the immigrant experience in the US from a new perspective, taking the reader inside maternity boarding houses where myriad characters, each with their own reason for being there, exist.

Chinese birth tourism: pregnant women in California’s ‘maternity hotels’ given voice in empowering novel
What to expect from Crazy Rich Asians film sequel: the action moves to China and Hong Kong, with a more intricate storyline

The action moves to China and Hong Kong in Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians sequel; there’s the same glamour, excess, and main characters, plus nouveau riche Chinese, but it is more ambitious and intricate. Expect second movie to be the same.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

The action moves to China and Hong Kong in Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians sequel; there’s the same glamour, excess, and main characters, plus nouveau riche Chinese, but it is more ambitious and intricate. Expect second movie to be the same.

What to expect from Crazy Rich Asians film sequel: the action moves to China and Hong Kong, with a more intricate storyline
Why Amy Tan will never forget her first visit to Hong Kong

The American author, a guest at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, talks about her introduction to Kowloon, discovering Facebook and why she chose to mine her family’s tragic past for her stories, and now a memoir

6 Nov 2017 - 11:52AM

The American author, a guest at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, talks about her introduction to Kowloon, discovering Facebook and why she chose to mine her family’s tragic past for her stories, and now a memoir

Why Amy Tan will never forget her first visit to Hong Kong
Novelist Celeste Ng on her new book, rules to be broken, and why she isn’t set on writing the Great Chinese-American Novel

Ng has followed up her debut hit Everything I Never Told You with a warts-and-all look at her hometown. She tells us about her favourite Asian authors and why she has no intention of writing the Great Chinese-American Novel

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Ng has followed up her debut hit Everything I Never Told You with a warts-and-all look at her hometown. She tells us about her favourite Asian authors and why she has no intention of writing the Great Chinese-American Novel

Novelist Celeste Ng on her new book, rules to be broken, and why she isn’t set on writing the Great Chinese-American Novel
Review | China’s draconian education system under spotlight in Little Soldiers – book review

When Lenora Chu’s son came home from his Shanghai kindergarten with tales of harsh treatment, the American journalist threw herself into understanding what makes Chinese schools tick, as she recounts in this rollicking read

9 Oct 2017 - 5:57PM

When Lenora Chu’s son came home from his Shanghai kindergarten with tales of harsh treatment, the American journalist threw herself into understanding what makes Chinese schools tick, as she recounts in this rollicking read

China’s draconian education system under spotlight in Little Soldiers – book review
Review | Miss Burma tells the troubled history of a little-known country from a new perspective

Charmaine Craig’s novel is a fictionalised account of her mother’s extraordinary life, from growing up in Burma during the Japanese occupation to winning the national beauty pageant and becoming an army commander’s wife

13 Jul 2017 - 1:54PM

Charmaine Craig’s novel is a fictionalised account of her mother’s extraordinary life, from growing up in Burma during the Japanese occupation to winning the national beauty pageant and becoming an army commander’s wife

Miss Burma tells the troubled history of a little-known country from a new perspective
Review | Book review: a new contender for the Great Chinese-American Novel

With The Fortunes, a novel in four sections, Peter Ho Davies has gathered the threads of Chinese American identity and woven a brilliant, ambitious and indelible tale

28 Sep 2016 - 11:33AM

With The Fortunes, a novel in four sections, Peter Ho Davies has gathered the threads of Chinese American identity and woven a brilliant, ambitious and indelible tale

Book review: a new contender for the Great Chinese-American Novel
Interview: Jade Chang’s Wangs Vs the World tells a different immigrant story

The Los Angeles-based journalist’s first novel got rejected by every agent she sent it to, but her second, about a Chinese-American family’s wild road trip after they lose their fortune in the Great Recession, is shaping up to be one of the biggest books of 2016

1 Sep 2016 - 12:05PM

The Los Angeles-based journalist’s first novel got rejected by every agent she sent it to, but her second, about a Chinese-American family’s wild road trip after they lose their fortune in the Great Recession, is shaping up to be one of the biggest books of 2016

Interview: Jade Chang’s Wangs Vs the World tells a different immigrant story
Cheryl Lu-lien Tan’s comic novel barhops through Singapore with the sarong party girls

US-based journalist’s debut novel, Sarong Party Girls, depicts a Lion City subculture of twentysomething singles desperate for foreign mates to make Eurasian ‘Chanel babies’ with. Her narrator, Jazzy Lim, is an indelible soul

7 Nov 2016 - 7:12PM

US-based journalist’s debut novel, Sarong Party Girls, depicts a Lion City subculture of twentysomething singles desperate for foreign mates to make Eurasian ‘Chanel babies’ with. Her narrator, Jazzy Lim, is an indelible soul

Cheryl Lu-lien Tan’s comic novel barhops through Singapore with the sarong party girls
Korean American novelist Jung Yun on what inspired Shelter, her stunning debut

One of the most talked about novels of 2016, Shelter is set in recession-hit America in 2008. Yun talks about the home invasions and home foreclosures that sparked her to write the book, and what she’s working on now

16 May 2016 - 8:01AM

One of the most talked about novels of 2016, Shelter is set in recession-hit America in 2008. Yun talks about the home invasions and home foreclosures that sparked her to write the book, and what she’s working on now

Korean American novelist Jung Yun on what inspired Shelter, her stunning debut
Book review: Love, Loss and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi

Model, TV host and cookbook author’s memoir is a collection of heartfelt memories, astute observations, albeit with a jumbled timeline

11 Apr 2016 - 12:10PM

Model, TV host and cookbook author’s memoir is a collection of heartfelt memories, astute observations, albeit with a jumbled timeline

Book review: Love, Loss and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi
Hong Kong-born Korean-American novelist Janice Lee dissects the expat life

In her second novel, The Expatriates, Hong Kong-born author Janice Lee captures a range of anxieties that plague well-off families living abroad.

18 Nov 2016 - 4:32PM

In her second novel, The Expatriates, Hong Kong-born author Janice Lee captures a range of anxieties that plague well-off families living abroad.

Hong Kong-born Korean-American novelist Janice Lee dissects the expat life
3 expat women lost and desperate in Hong Kong: Janice Lee on her second novel

Writer whose debut novel The Piano Teacher, also set in Hong Kong, won international acclaim talks about her own experience as an expat growing up in Hong Kong, her favourite books about the city  and how she came up with the characters for her latest book

22 Jan 2016 - 12:04PM

Writer whose debut novel The Piano Teacher, also set in Hong Kong, won international acclaim talks about her own experience as an expat growing up in Hong Kong, her favourite books about the city  and how she came up with the characters for her latest book

3 expat women lost and desperate in Hong Kong: Janice Lee on her  second novel
Former Hong Kong reporter Jojo Moyes on her big break as a hit novelist
'Crazy Rich Asians' author Kevin Kwan on privilege, excess and believability
Review | Book review: China Rich Girlfriend - sequel to Crazy Rich Asians

Featuring a riot of Chinese conspicuous consumption that takes in Shanghai, Paris, Silicon Valley and Hong Kong, Kevin Kwan's second book is a perfect summer read.

16 Aug 2018 - 8:58PM

Featuring a riot of Chinese conspicuous consumption that takes in Shanghai, Paris, Silicon Valley and Hong Kong, Kevin Kwan's second book is a perfect summer read.

Book review: China Rich Girlfriend - sequel to Crazy Rich Asians
'Most envied' food blogger Mimi Thorisson on her Hong Kong childhood and new life in France

The 40-year-old lives the life many people fantasise about - one afternoon she's chopping tomatoes in her farmhouse kitchen, on another she's plucking peaches from the garden...

6 Jan 2015 - 7:19PM

The 40-year-old lives the life many people fantasise about - one afternoon she's chopping tomatoes in her farmhouse kitchen, on another she's plucking peaches from the garden...

'Most envied' food blogger Mimi Thorisson on her Hong Kong childhood and new life in France
Window to club life in the Asian-American past

Lisa See has long been fascinated by the world of Chinese-American nightclubs. Over the years, her fans sent her photos of their mothers, aunts, fathers and uncles who had performed in the once-vibrant industry of the 1930s and 40s.

30 Aug 2014 - 10:13PM

Lisa See has long been fascinated by the world of Chinese-American nightclubs. Over the years, her fans sent her photos of their mothers, aunts, fathers and uncles who had performed in the once-vibrant industry of the 1930s and 40s.

Window to club life in the Asian-American past
Author Q&A: Mambo in Chinatown, by Jean Kwok
Forager gives dining out a wild new meaning

Ava Chin is known to New Yorkers as the Urban Forager, a blog she writes for The New York Times about scouring city parks and backyards for delectable edibles served up wild by nature.

22 Jun 2014 - 12:17PM

Ava Chin is known to New Yorkers as the Urban Forager, a blog she writes for The New York Times about scouring city parks and backyards for delectable edibles served up wild by nature.

Forager gives dining out a wild new meaning
'Night in Shanghai' recreates the city of the 1930s in tale of music, race, love and war

Few cities in the world can compete with Shanghai for its sheer impact on public consciousness as a cultural, commercial, financial - and political - powerhouse.

18 May 2014 - 3:45PM

Few cities in the world can compete with Shanghai for its sheer impact on public consciousness as a cultural, commercial, financial - and political - powerhouse.

'Night in Shanghai' recreates the city of the 1930s in tale of music, race, love and war
Colin Farrell: Hollywood's bad-boy comes of age

Reformed bad boy Colin Farrell tells Alison Singh Gee why he's quit hellraising and gun-wielding roles, ahead of his star turn in supernatural drama Winter's Tale.

13 Feb 2014 - 10:26AM

Reformed bad boy Colin Farrell tells Alison Singh Gee why he's quit hellraising and gun-wielding roles, ahead of his star turn in supernatural drama Winter's Tale.

Colin Farrell: Hollywood's bad-boy comes of age
Recession chic
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Recession chic
Open house
20 Mar 2009 - 12:00AM
Open house
The fortunate one
17 Jan 2010 - 12:00AM
The fortunate one
Words to live by
1 Nov 2009 - 12:00AM
Words to live by
Memoir mirrors Korea's torment
30 May 2010 - 12:00AM
Memoir mirrors Korea's torment
Childhood ghosts
14 Mar 2010 - 12:00AM
Childhood ghosts
Chinatown initiation
16 May 2010 - 12:00AM
Chinatown initiation