I ​spent my youngest, seminal years in India and the United States, although I am Thai. 

Writing in English, I am working on my first novel, on motherhood and boredom. For a sense of my writing, you can have a look at my publication on World Literature Todayhere.

In 2019, I began my M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where my mentors and teachers include Madeleine Thien, Robin Hemley, Xu Xi, and Kim Echlin. That same year, my novel was workshopped at Bread Loaf in Sicily under the guidance of Jennine Capó Crucet, whose nomination has led me to the 2021 Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference. I will be a beneficiary of the Katharine Bakeless Nason Endowment.

Before writing full-time, I worked at a private foundation in Singapore and was an active member of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Community. I quit after a WEF meeting where a room full of people applauded Hun Sen. I was surrounded by too many questionable business leaders. Since then, I have worked with more organizations on the ground, including translating for Doctors Without Borders on a mission in Malaysia. 

Immediately before relocating to Singapore, I was a fellow of the Penn Social Impact House. Currently, I serve as a volunteer mentor for Cameroon-based Misongi College Access Program, and am also an angel investor for Singapore-based Angels of Impact. The spirit of activism lingers in my writing and contours its questions and jabs.

My mind is indebted to Williams College, where I graduated with Highest Honors in French Literature, the University of Pennsylvania, where I was a scholarship recipient at the Graduate School of Education, and the University of Texas at Austin, where I was a Graduate Fellow in Comparative Literature. Thanks to funding available to researchers regardless of their nationality, I have received research grants from institutions including the Smithsonian Freer|Sackler Galleries.

I read and write everyday. I also enjoy studying languages and movement. Holding the French DALF C2 certificate, I am now working towards the Japanese N1 exam and studying ballet with Emmanuelle Grizot at The Dance Place and contemporary dance with Adelene Stanley.

But for the majority of the time, I parent and I write.

My views, which I still stand by, are discussed in this interview by Baroque Lifestyle. 


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