Hi! I’m Maryann, author of "One Little Pig" and second-generation Chinese/ Taiwanese American. My mission is to make the Chinese language more accessible to all families, regardless of their level of fluency!
I was born and raised in New York City, and over the last 15 years or so, between college, work, and business school, have lived in 6 different cities across the US and Asia. I am now (finally!) back in NYC with my husband, Eric, and our daughter, Cassidy.
Growing up, my parents tried very hard to ensure that I learn Chinese. I, however, tried very hard to not to (sorry mom 😅). At the time, I hated being forced to speak Chinese at home and getting sent to Chinese school on weekends. It was not until I was older that I began to appreciate and understand the benefits of knowing a second language.
With a daughter of my own now, I plan on raising her with the same understanding of Chinese language and culture. It in fact became a family effort when my husband, who is Korean, started learning Chinese alongside my daughter in order to be a part of the journey. To try to make the learning process easier for them than it was for me as a child, I was motivated to write a book that my non-fluent husband could read and that our daughter would enjoy. I hope you and your families will like it too!