About the Author

Jean Kwok

Jeak Kwok is a New York Times and International best selling author. Her work has been published in 18 different languages and taught in different types of schools all over the world. She is trilingual, speaking Dutch, Chinese, and English. She currently lives in the Neatherlands with her husband and two sons.

Her life closely mimics that of the main character’s in Girl In Translation. Jean Kwok emigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn. She worked in a clothing factory in Chinatown for much of her young life, and lived in an unheated apartment that was infested with roaches. She was incredibly smart, and along with all of her family’s money was taken away from her when her family moved to the United States.

Honors and Awards:

Marie Claire’s Best Woman in Fiction, 2019
American Library Association Outstanding Book for the College Bound, 2014
Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award, 2010
Womens Day’s Best Books of 2014


Jean Kwok Talks About Girl In Translation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5calS151BdQ

Television Documentary about Jean Kwok and Girl In Translation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta7Oa3Lzkdo


Girl In Translation Homepage

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