In Chinese tradition, women with tiny bound feet were desirable as wives and lovers, their delicate feet seen as objects of both status and sexual fetish. In her first full length storytelling piece Bound Feet Blues – A Life Told in Shoes, Chinese-Malaysian story performer Yang-May Ooi explores themes of female desirability, identity and empowerment in this personal story told through the shoes in her life.... Continue Reading via the link below >>
- Author & Storyteller, 1995 - present
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.
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.Play
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.