Tiffany Tsao

Writer / See Roots

She was born in San Diego, California and currently lives in Sydney, Australia

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A writer and literary translator. She is the author of the novel Under Your Wings (US edition forthcoming in early 2020 as The Majesties) and the Oddfits fantasy series. Her translations from Indonesian to English include Norman Erikson Pasaribu’s poetry collection Sergius Seeks Bacchus, Dee Lestari’s novel Paper Boats, and Laksmi Pamuntjak’s The Birdwoman’s Palate.

Born in the United States and of Chinese-Indonesian descent, her family returned to Southeast Asia when she was 3 years old. She spent her formative years in Singapore (8 years) and Indonesia (6 years) before moving to the US for university. She has a B.A. in English literature from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in English literature from UC-Berkeley. She now lives in Sydney, Australia with her spouse and two children.1



The Majesties
272 page(s), Atria Books

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What Media Say

In Conversation with Translator Tiffany Tsao by Jane Downs — Litro Magazine (Jan 07, 2022)
Interview #154 — Tiffany Tsao by Whitney McIntosh — Liminal Magazine (Nov 16, 2020)
7 Literary Translators You Need to Know by J.R. Ramakrishnan — Electric Literature (Nov 06, 2020)
Translator Interview: Tiffany Tsao by Claire Handscombe — Blog (Aug 14, 2020)
Tiffany Tsao: Giving outsiders a voice by Teddy Hans — Jakarta Post (Jan 26, 2020)

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Celebrating Budi Darma

Media Writing(s)

Nh. Dini’s Modernity, on Nh. Dini, published in Asymptote (Jan 01, 2015)

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Work(s) in Translation

Family M, by Budi Darma (Apr 13, 2022)
Joshua Karabish, by Budi Darma (Jul 01, 2020)
A Flyer, by Norman Erikson Pasaribu, published in The House of Thirst (Jul 17, 2018)