“I’ve always loved stories, real or fiction. As a child, I would read quaint fairy tales and novels about far away places. But I loved listening to my mother and aunts tell family stories even more. Strangely, the only folktale that I recall anyone ever telling me was Momotarosan. On maybe just two or three occasions just before my bedtime, I sat next to my father, who lay down on his resting mat in his bedroom, and listened to him bring to life that famous Japanese tale about a boy being born from a peach and his adventures fighting the onis with the help of his trusted friends: the dog, the monkey and the bird….”
Come and hear the rest of her story at the Singapore Literature Festival in New York Oct 10 – 12.