Best-selling author Pam Chun's award-winning first novel, The Money Dragon, was named one of 2002's Best Books of Hawaii. Her second novel, When Strange Gods Call, won a 2005 Ka Palapala Po`okela Award for Excellence.
She has been featured on NPR, at the Smithsonian and the National Archives, and in the documentary Hawaii's Chinatown, which premiered on Hawaii PBS.
Pam is a veteran storyteller at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. She lives with her husband, Trans-Pac sailor Fred J Joyce III, in the San Francisco Bay Area, where her tropical flowers bloom despite fog, drought, and frost. She has one son, a U.S. diplomat stationed overseas with his family.
Where to find Pam Chun online
Where to buy in print
The Perfect Tea Thief
In 1843, under the guise of a plant hunter for the British Horticultural Society, Robert Fortune's secret mission is to steal China's secrets of tea production, a brazen act of industrial espionage that will devastate China's 5,000-year-old civilization. He audaciously ventures into prohibited lands and pursues beautiful Jadelin from the House of Poe, unaware she is trained as a warrior.
The Seagull's Gardener: My Father's Last Odyssey
In the early 1900s Woody grew up running barefoot in the lush valleys of Territorial Hawaii. As he approaches ninety he insists he’s too busy to die. A tale told with photos of Old Hawaii, signature dishes, & unforgettable dreams, Pam Chun’s lyrical memoir of her father describes their bond across time and distance and her frustration of caring from him from 3,000 miles away.
When Strange Gods Call
2005 Winner - Ka Palapala Po'okela Award Winner!
Hawaii, a tropical paradise alive with history and myths, lures elegant Miki from art-rich San Francisco and her childhood friend Alex from the jungle covered temples in South East Asia. Generations of animosity between their families, marked by death and deceit, threaten the couple in this tale lush with stormy spirits and passions of the past.