Jen Sookfong Lee

Jen Sookfong Lee

Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in Vancouver’s East Side, and she now lives with her son in North Burnaby. Her books include The Conjoined, nominated for International Dublin Literary Award and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize; The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, The End of East, The Shadow List, and Finding Home. Superfan, her memoir of her life with pop culture, will be published in January 2023. Jen acquires and edits for ECW Press and co-hosts the literary podcast Can’t Lit.

Twitter: @JenSookfongLee
Instagram: @jenleefur



<span style="font-weight: 400;">A memoir in pieces that uses one woman's life-long obsession with pop culture as a lens to explore family, grief, the power of female rage, Asian fetish, and what it's cost to resist the trap of being a "good Chinese girl."</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">For most of Jen Sookfong Lee's life, pop culture was an escape from family tragedy and a means of fitting in with the larger culture around her. Anne of Green Gables assured her that, despite losing her father at the age of twelve, one day she might still have the loving family of her dreams, and Princess Diana was proof that maybe there was more to being a good girl after all. And yet as Jen grew up, she began to recognize the ways in which pop culture was not made for someone like her–the child of Chinese immigrant parents who looked for safety in the invisibility afforded by embracing Model Minority myths.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Ranging from the rise of Gwyneth Paltrow, the father-figure familiarity of Bob Ross, and the surprising maternal legacy of the Kardashians, to the long shadow cast by The Joy Luck Club , Jen uses pop culture icons to understand her emotionally fraught upbringing. She also dissects how pop culture created both unrealistic ideals and harmful stereotypes that would devastate her as she struggled to carve out her own path as an Asian woman, single mother, and writer. With great wit, bracing honesty, and a deep appreciation for the ways culture shapes us, Jen draws direct lines between the spectacle of the popular, the intimacy of our personal bonds, and the social foundations of our collective obsessions.</span>

<b>GET THE BOOK</b><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span>

<a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">Owl’s Nest Books</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (Calgary) | </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">Calgary Public Library</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span>

ALL EVENTS WITH Jen Sookfong Lee

6:30 PM
The Way We... Talk About Clothes
Sep 30 @ 6:30 PM MT - 9 PM MT

DJD Dance Centre

111 12 Ave SE
10 AM
The Art of Being Good Moms on Paper
Oct 01 @ 10 AM MT - 11:15 AM MT

DJD Dance Centre

111 12 Ave SE