Wai Chim is the Chinese-American-Australian author of a number of children’s and YA titles, including the Chook Chook series, Freedom Swimmer and most recently The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling, which was a Kirkus Prize Finalist in the US and was Shortlisted for the Prime Minister Literary Awards in 2020.
She appeared as a contestant on Australian Survivor: Brains vs Brawn.
Born to immigrant parents in New York, Wai grew up speaking Cantonese at home and brings a lot of her diasporic identity into her work . She spent some time living in Japan before making Australia her permanent home. In addition to writing, Wai works as a Business System Analyst for The Starlight Children's Foundation. She currently lives in Sydney with her husband and beloved cat, Freddie.