Five million English-speaking Chinese, Indians and Malays live in Singapore today -- an artificial port city created entirely by British traders in the 19th century. The Singapore-born, multi-lingual American writer Wena Poon describes herself and her fiction as an accident of history. She charts the 21st century journey of Singaporeans as they settle in the cities of New York, Los Angeles, London, Perth and Toronto. In her vivid stories, Poon captures the true urban sophistication of New Asia and the journey of an eclectic people coming to terms with their cultural legacy.
Wena Poon wrote fiction from an early age. Born and raised in Singapore, she moved to the United States when she was seventeen and has lived in New York, San Francisco and Austin. Lions In Winter was listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and the Singapore Literature Prize. She graduated magna cum laude in English Literature from Harvard University and holds a degree from Harvard Law School.