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.)
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!
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