Darien Hsu Gee is the author of five novels published by Penguin Random House that have been translated into eleven languages. She won the 2019 Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowship award for Other Small Histories and the 2015 Hawai‘i Book Publishers’ Ka Palapala Poʻokela Award of Excellence for Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir. She is the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant and a Vermont Studio Center fellowship. Gee holds a B.A. from Rice University and an M.F.A. from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. She lives with her family on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.
Darien Hsu Gee
This month’s nonfiction is an excerpt from Darien Hsu Gee’s lyrical memoir, Allegiance (Haliʻa Aloha series, Legacy Isle Publishing, 2020). In this gorgeous narrative of Asian diasporic experiences, Gee explores her Chinese-American identity and themes of belonging. Allegiance is available for purchase here or wherever books are sold.
-Grace Jahng Lee, Nonfiction Editor