Xueyou Wang

Xueyou Wong (she/they) is the daughter of immigrants from China. She grew up in the Midwest, the West Coast, and Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. She received a bachelor’s degree in English literature and creative writing from the University of Southern California. After earning her degree, she worked in Los Angeles as a substitute teacher, a summer school teacher, and a special education assistant. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she teaches and studies Women’s and Gender Studies. Her hobbies include riding her bike, beading, and dancing.

Updated May 2022

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9th Annual Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest


The last time I was here, the sakura were in bloom. I came to Little Tokyo to visit my grandmother. She was aging but still ran the batik workshop in the spare room at the Catholic church. Every Tuesday afternoon, she would set out her dyes and silk fabrics, and invite anyone who was willing to come and do indigo dye and batik with her. Her hands never shook, even when handling the bowls of hot wax. Especially when handling the bowls of hot wax. Growing up, I had watched her wring out countless hot towels, until she could no longer open her own water bottles. “Grandma, I brought you s…

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