Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and author of a debut novel, A River of Stars. For two decades she has been writing in journalism and fiction about Asia and the Asian diaspora. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing. She also received honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post. She lives in the Bay Area with her family.