Wai Chim is a first-generation Chinese-American from New York City. She grew up speaking Cantonese at home and absorbing Western culture through books, TV and school. She spent some time living in Japan before making Sydney, Australia, her permanent home. She is the author of Freedom Swimmer and the 2019’s Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling. Wai is appearing at the 2020 Sydney Writers’ Festival as part of the Secondary School Days Program.