EE18ers ~ Music + Dance Playlist by Gloria Chao!

Posted October 19, 2017 by Nori in Giveaway, My Features / 1 Comment

Dance Playlist!

In American Panda, dance is the one place my protagonist can be herself, where age, race, looks, and intelligence don’t matter. When she’s gliding across the floor, she’s not Taiwanese or American—she’s just Mei.

I’m so excited to share a collection of my favorite dance routines, many of which I watched for inspiration while writing. (Unfortunately, my favorite Chinese dance routines are not available online.)


Music Playlist!

I’d also love to share a sample of the music that inspired me while writing American Panda. For the scenes with Mei’s parents, I listened to Wang Leehom, my favorite Chinese pop singer. Fun fact: I first heard the two featured Wang Leehom songs in Taiwan in concert. For the hip hop dance scenes, Beyoncé and Missy Elliott always had me popping and locking in my chair as I typed. Yanni’s enchanting Nightingale is an example of the music I listened to for scenes where Mei mixes Chinese dance and jazz to form her own style, a reflection of her struggle with her identity.

I hope you enjoyed this peek behind the American Panda curtain! Thank you so much for reading, watching, and listening!

*~~About the Author~~*

Gloria Chao is an MIT graduate turned dentist turned writer. She currently lives in Chicago with her ever-supportive husband, for whom she became a nine-hole golfer (sometimes seven). She is always up for cooperative board games, Dance Dance Revolution, or soup dumplings. She was also once a black belt in kung-fu and a competitive dancer, but that side of her was drilled and suctioned out. Visit her tea-and-book-filled world at

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One response to “EE18ers ~ Music + Dance Playlist by Gloria Chao!

  1. danielle hammelef

    This book has my favorite parent/child trope and sounds so much fun to read. I love learning about other cultures so this book is high on my reading list.

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