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The Museum of Shoes for Bound Feet re-opened this year after a fire closed it last year. It would be fascinating to visit it as part of my Bound Feet Blues project but it is in Anren Town of Dayi County, in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. The press…
The Museum of Shoes for Bound Feet re-opened this year after a fire closed it last year. It would be fascinating to visit it as part of my Bound Feet Blues project but it is in Anren Town of Dayi C...
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Bound Feet Blues tells stories from my family’s past as passed down the generations by the women – my mum, my great-grandmother, my auntie. In researching these stories for the show – and also the book that I am currently working on – I looked through my…
Bound Feet Blues tells stories from my family's past as passed down the generations by the women - my mum, my great-grandmother, my auntie. In researching these stories for the show - and also the ...
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Major fire breaks out at Battersea Arts Centre - awful news! A terrible loss to the off west end theatre scene. We've seen some terrific shows there. I hope BAC will be able to be restored to its full glory soon.
http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/battersea-arts-centre-fire_37374.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=13mar2015

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She had bound feet but she loved riding and martial arts. She wore men’s clothing and was a firebrand orator. Her name was Qiu Jin and was a revolutionary in the early 1900s in  China. Here is a snapshot of what Qiu Jin achieved, from Wikipedia: “She was…
She had bound feet but she loved riding and martial arts. She wore men's clothing and was a firebrand orator. Her name was Qiu Jin and was a revolutionary in the early 1900s in  China. Here is a sn...
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In February, I signed with Urbane Publications to bring out the book of Bound Feet Blues: The Stories behind the Story. Here is the historic moment – I am with Matthew Smith of Urbane, signing the contract on the 5th floor balcony of the Royal Festival…
In February, I signed with Urbane Publications to bring out the book of Bound Feet Blues: The Stories behind the Story. Here is the historic moment - I am with Matthew Smith of Urbane, signing the ...
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March is Women's History Month – exploring the power of individual women's lives in the past, to inform the present 
It is almost as if the theme of this year's Women's History Month was designed just for Bound Feet Blues! March is Women's History Month and this year's theme is Weaving the Stories of Women's Live...
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Feeling invigorated from an excellent panel discussion at the LSE Lit Fest chaired by Felicia Yap - where I shared the stage with Nickson Fong, Oscar winner for Tech and Design who worked on Shrek and The Matrix, and Zakii Anwar, Malaysia's foremost artist. We talked Hollywood movies, the art scene in Malaysia, coming out and of course bound feet...
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Selfridges is creating a gender blended clothes shopping space so that you can select clothing that is not gender stereotyped. How cool is that! This news piques my interest because I’ve always been a tomboy. In Bound Feet Blues,  I talk about wearing boy…
Selfridges is creating a gender blended clothes shopping space so that you can select clothing that is not gender stereotyped. How cool is that! This news piques my interest because I've always bee...
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In Bound Feet Blues, the show, I recount the story of how my parents met – as told to us by my mother when we were kids. On stage, I become my mother as we all curl up in bed and she tells the romantic story of meeting the man who would become her…
In Bound Feet Blues, the show, I recount the story of how my parents met - as told to us by my mother when we were kids. On stage, I become my mother as we all curl up in bed and she tells the roma...
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Are your nerves letting you down when you have to give a presentation? Is your delivery getting in the way of the othewise powerful message you want to convey to your audience? If you want to learn the secrets of commanding a full theatre – and have fun,…
Are your nerves letting you down when you have to give a presentation? Is your delivery getting in the way of the othewise powerful message you want to convey to your audience? If you want to learn...
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In ancient China, women were treated as decorative objects – beautiful to look at, unable to leave the house because of their crippled bound feet, silent and submissive. That was the argument I made in my talk for the International Women’s Day panel…
In ancient China, women were treated as decorative objects - beautiful to look at, unable to leave the house because of their crippled bound feet, silent and submissive. That was the argument I mad...
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It is almost as if the theme of this year’s Women’s History Month was designed just for Bound Feet Blues! March is Women’s History Month and this year’s theme is Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives. The website of the National Women’s History Project…
It is almost as if the theme of this year's Women's History Month was designed just for Bound Feet Blues! March is Women's History Month and this year's theme is Weaving the Stories of Women's Live...
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Author & Storyteller, exploring the question: "What makes a rich & fulfilling life?" through storytelling & the power of personal narrative
Introduction

Yang-May Ooi is a bestselling author and highly-respected asset manager, successfully combining her City career and her creative interests for over 15 years.

Her creative work explores the power of personal narrative to inspire us and transform our lives. Her new online project StoryGuru.co.uk documents her ongoing creative inquiry into “What makes a rich and fulfilling life?”, bringing together stories, interviews, and essays. Yang-May will be speaking at TEDx Women in Covent Garden, London in Dec 2013, telling a personal story of transformation which is rich with universal themes.


Books

Yang-May has published two thrillers with UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton. Her first novel The Flame Tree was bestseller in Malaysia, outranking Ken Follett.

Her business book was published by another top UK publisher, Kogan Page, International Communications Strategy (co-authored with Silvia Cambie) was nominated for FT Goldman Sachs Business Book Award.

Find out more on her Books page.

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Fusion View, her arts and culture blog celebrating diversity and cross-cultural understanding, reached 10,000 unique monthly visitors and has been featured on the BBC.

The community blog Yang-May created for Dulwich Picture Gallery (ranked among the world’s 50 greatest art galleries by The Times), Dulwich OnView, won an international Best of the Web Award in the heritage sector.

She has also performed live on the London fringe at the cult storytelling club Spark London and taken part in improv comedy.

Work

Her experience as a blogger led her to become one of the early social media specialists advising businesses on how to use blogging for PR. She has also provided career coaching to solo professionals, focusing on creativity, confidence and storytelling for self-empowerment. She has given presentations in the UK, Europe and Asia on writing and social media storytelling for business.

As an asset manager, Yang-May works in a social finance organisation where she is responsible for £3bn worth of security assets. Her work supports the funding of urban regeneration and the creation of affordable housing for those in need.

Life

Yang-May has walked the South Downs Way, hiked the Grand Canyon and cycled the Pilgrim Route to Santiago de Compostella. She runs regularly, loves laughing with friends and exploring quirky parts of London. Her favourite pastime, though, is to loll in the sunshine doing absolutely nothing.

Yang-May lives in London with her partner, health blogger Angie Macdonald.

Associations

Yang-May is a professionally trained Co-Active Coach and a member of the Association for Coaching, the Society for Storytelling and the Society of Authors.

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London, UK
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Malaysia