This is my New York City interview with Mary-Lea Awanohara. Mary-Lea writes a fascinating blog called The Displaced Nation.
Before I give you the link to the interview, I would like to tell you how it all came about. It’s worth sharing for its strangeness. Again it demonstrates how connected we all are.
Mary-Lea first wrote to me when I was in Italy and asked if she could interview me for her blog. I looked at her blog briefly and it looked very interesting but at the time I was fully immersed in my Italian studies in San Giovanni Valdarno. As I had an automatic Out of Office reply to my emails, I planned to respond to Mary-Lea when I returned to Melbourne.
My next stop was London. Again I received an email from her. Again I decided to let it sit.
Then when I arrived in New York City, I wrote a blog about my experiences there. And who should live in New York? Mary-Lea. She messaged me on Facebook and we arranged to meet. Not only that, but she chose a restaurant that serves congee (Chinese rice porridge), one of my favourite foods in the world!
I love the way destiny, in all its different forms, brings people together.
And here is the link:
Youth Writer Gabrielle Wang’s Characters Solve Cross-cultural Conundrums with Magic and Aplomb
2 thoughts on “Serendipity in New York City”
Serendipity is one of life’s best features! I’m so glad we managed to connect in person, and over congee. It’s soooo much better than e-mail just to be able to chat with someone, particularly someone as inspiring as you are, Gabi! Thank you again for agreeing to meet me, and I see that the interview is doing well on our site. Here’s hoping your books find a market in the U.S. Although we pride ourselves on our multiculturalism, we could certainly use some help in the tolerance area…
ML, I am so glad we met in person too. I think your blog is great. It certainly helps bridge the gap between different cultures.