Pam Chun was born and raised in Hawaii,and graduated from Punahou and the University of California at Berkeley. A storyteller at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, she is a popular speaker on Chinese culture. Her first two novels, THE MONEY DRAGON and WHEN STRANGE GODS CALL, both won the Ka Palapala Po`okela Awards for excellence in literature. She currently resides in Alameda, California with her husband, Trans-pac sailor Fred Joyce III.
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Title (or Working Title) of your book
THE MONEY DRAGONWHEN STRANGE GODS CALL
What books would you recommend to your readers?
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
What is your book about? Please provide a description.
THE MONEY DRAGON is a tale of Old Hawaii that Pam's family kept hidden for almost 70 years. This novel is the saga of Pam’s great-grandfather, Lau Ah Leong, a scandalous rogue and the founder of Honolulu’s Chinatown. Despite his immense power and wealth, Lau Ah Leong is not mentioned in any history of Hawaii or history of the Chinese in Hawaii. At the turn of the twentieth century, Ah Leong had five wives, built a massive financial empire in the Island, and established himself as a leader both in the Hawaiian Islands and in his Chinese homeland. Like King Lear, Ah Leong made a tragic decision that shatters his family. THE MONEY DRAGON is a tale of cultures, empowered women, the conflict of Hawaiian, Territorial, and Federal laws, and the power of love.
WHEN STRANGE GODS CALL is one of those secret histories from THE MONEY DRAGON. As you can imagine, with 5 wives, 10 sons, and 22 daughters, they was decepetion, intrigue, and romance in Lau Ah Leong's family. For Miki Ai'Lee, this a time to make a decision about her very successful life in California. When she returns home to Hawaii she discovers herself, a returning lover, and that her life may be a repeat of the past; she discovers a disobedient aunt, a forbidden romance, a secret life hidden from the family.
How long have you been at work on this book?
THE MONEY DRAGONM took 10 long years to pull the truth from the past. No one in the family would talk to me about my great grandfather, yet along say his name! A scandalous rogue with five wives, all at the same time!
WHEN STRANGE GODS CALL was a family secret just waiting to be told. But it took time to coax it out and give it form, to give it the grace and romance it deserved.