Fawzia Mai Tung Writer

BIPOC author of #OwnVoices #LivedExperience books

My books draw upon my #LivedExperience as a Chinese Muslim, world traveler, diplomat's daughter, journalist, psychiatrist, educator, mother of seven, and grandmother of seven.

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The May Fairy

This is a series of middle grade picture books written with the reluctant reader in mind. Grandma Nainai tells stories to her grandchildren who, just like all little children, keep interrupting and asking questions, so as to shape and mold the story to their liking.

1. The Wonderful Tale of Donkey Skin -- published 2016
2. Little Jack and the Giants -- under illustration
3. The Arizona Princess -- under illustration
4. The Prince from Kazakhstan -- in the works

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Mirror in the Sand

Recollections of Jordan and Saudi Arabia from the lens of a psychiatrist

The 1970s and 1980s were for Jordan and Saudi Arabia what the 1880s were for Vienna, Austria. A traditional culture clashed with the sudden onslaught of modern life. For psychiatrists, patients exhibited patterns reminiscent of Freud's descriptions. My years as a medical student, an intern, then a psychiatric resident in the Middle East left indelible memories waiting to be told.

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Favorite Stories from China

This book is divided into four sections: Legends, Folk Tales, Historical Anecdotes, and Episodes from Classic Literature. So far, four stories are completed, and the fifth underway. Although these stories are well-known and dear to all Chinese, researching them was a labor of love. I even traveled to NingBo to visit the Liang Zhu Cultural Park to collect first-hand material for the story of the Butterfly Lovers. Imagine my surprise to find that the tomb of Liang Shan-Bo had been moved to this park!

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Favorite Stories from Kazakhstan

This book is still in the research and planning stage. I have traveled to Kazakhstan, and collected books on Kazakh culture and folk tales in Russian, Kazakh, English and Chinese.
The last chapter will be the story of Dimash Qudaibergen.
Please visit the gallery to view pictures from my research travels in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

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Life of a Rooster

Life of a Rooster

This life of mine has been so full that I figured I needed to put down my memories and reminiscences in writing somewhere before organizing them into a book, or two, or three.
So it was that I started a blog: www.lifeofarooster.com  in October 2013. It is now September 2019 and I have only reached age 16-18.
By now there is enough material to start work on a book spanning my childhood and early youth.
Keep an eye on this space for updates about it!
in the meantime, I invite you to visit this blog!

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The Soul Garden

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Finding your way in life through gardening

Articles, Essays & Presentations

The Silent Epidemic

Ahmad always was a bright boy. He was a happy active toddler and made friends easily in preschool and kindergarten. Once in elementary school, academics seem to come easily to him, maybe even too easily. He did not seem challenged enough. However, by 4th grade, he started having problems in school. His grades started slipping and he would even get a D or an F now and then, which could be traced to missing homework. His mother had to start tracking his grades closely to make sure they stayed on track. However, the end of the semester always turned out to be a few weeks of catching up with homework and retesting. Somehow Ahmad made it to high school. He still managed to shine in at least one of his favorite subjects, but keeping up his grades became an ongoing struggle. This academic struggle had by then translated into an ongoing struggle with his parents as well. He started resenting the pressure for performing well. Teenage rebellion turned into a full-time occupation. Loud quarrels became a weekly occurrence in the home. A few times, the quarrel turned physical as well. Ahmad’s parents were at their wit’s end. Now they started worrying that Ahmad might not be able to finish high school, let alone go into medicine, engineering or law.

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Who Am I?

Soon after 9/11, stories about attacks on Muslims popped up in the news, and subsequently, a number of female friends and acquaintances here in the US removed their hijab. My husband grew concerned too. One day, he asked me whether I should also consider removing it. “No,” I told him. “I never even thought about it.” Some people asked me where I found the courage and strength to keep it on. Strength? Courage? I had never thought about it that way.

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