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Mabek Kawsek

Beyond the Great Wall: Writing the Tsinoy Community
August 3, 2019 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM | Buenavista | Anvil Publishing

Solving the Mystery: Getting the Lead in Crime Writing
August 3, 2019 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM | Buenavista | Anvil Publishing

Mabek Kawsek is a storyteller who grew up observing several kinds of culture: the Southern Chinese culture of her father, the Northern Chinese culture of her mother, and the Filipino culture outside her home. She holds psychology and finance degrees from De La Salle University and a MFA in creative writing from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She published her first story collection Afraid to be Chinese in 2006 and has contributed stories to several anthologies. Lately, she’s become interested in writing about Tsinoy women. They live in the heart of the city, help their husbands or fathers conduct their businesses, yet remain invisible in the collective imagination. Mabek reveals stigma and dangers that they encounter through crime fiction stories. Good Dog is her first novel.