Tan, Cheryl Lu-Lien

About Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

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Biography (Headlands)



“Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan on Sarong Party Girls.” The Second Shelf, 8 Nov. 2019

Macdonald, Moira. “From London to Singapore to Minnesota, ‘Girls’ are all the Rage in this Summers’s Fiction.” The Seattle Times, 21 Jul. 2016

Kapur Hinzen, Parul. “The Concubine Culture Is Alive and Well.” Slate, 20 Jul. 2016

Singh Gee, Alison. “Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan’s Comic Novel Barshops through Singapore with the Sarong Party Girls.” South China Morning Post, 8 Jul. 2016

“A Rowdy Tale, Memorable Language, and a Very Distinctive Protagonist.” Kirkus Reviews, 15 Jun. 2016

“Review: Singapore Noir.” Publishers Weekly, Jun. 2013

Ran, Tiffany. “A Tiger Enters the Kitchen – Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan Shows why She Isn’t the Typical Cookbook Author.” Northwest Asian Weekly, 9 Jun. 2011

Siegel, Micki. “Such Great Heights.” NY Post, 3 Mar. 2011

A Tiger in The Kitchen.” Kirkus Reviews, 22 Dec. 2010



Williams, Ben. "Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan Talks to Ben Williams about Her Bestselling Singlish Novel Sarong Party Girls." The Johannesburg Review of Books, 16 Jan. 2020

Morollo, Koh Michele. “Interview with Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Author of ‘Sarong Party Girl’.” Confounding Conditions, 15 Dec. 2016

Matrsumoto, Marc. “Discover the Hungry Ghost Festival of Singapore.” Public Broadcasting Service, 16 Aug. 2011

Webster, Camilla, and Kristi Hedges. “This Time The Tiger’s In The Kitchen: Q&A With Charyl Tan.” Forbes, 12 Apr. 2011



Ho, Hannah M. Y., and Debbie Ho. “Identity in Flux: The Sarong Party Girl’s Pursuit of a ‘Good Life.’” Asiatic, vol. 13, no. 2, 2019

Feng, Pin-chia. “Flexible Culinary Citizenship and Gastronomic Kinship in A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family.” Tamkang Review, vol. 48, no. 2, 2018

Lam, Francis. “A Shorter Road to Singapore.” New York Times Magazine, Oct. 2016



Autobiography/Life Writing

A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family (2011)



Sarong Party Girls (2016)


Short Story Collections

Singapore Noir (2014)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

“For the Love of Welsh Rarebit.” Foreign Policy, 24 Jul. 2017

“An Asian Peace Plan for the War on Christmas.” Foreign Policy, 23 Dec. 2016

“Fair Trade.” Foreign Policy, 24 Jul. 2015

“Pride and Prejudice in Modern Singapore.” Foreign Policy, 24 Mar. 2015

“In Singapore, Ghosts Are Real, Scary, and Hungry.” The Atlantic, 1 Apr. 2011

“Southeast Asia’s Coffee Culture.” The Atlantic, 3 Nov. 2010

“In Search of Singapore: Ending a Quest for a Taste of Home.” The Atlantic, 13 Oct. 2010

“Behind the Scenes of the ‘Top Chef DC’ Finale.” The Atlantic, 8 Sep. 2010

“A Remembrance of Beef Ball Noodles Past.” The Atlantic, 23 Mar. 2010

“Chinese Cuisine’s Southern Comfort.” The Atlantic, 9 Feb. 2010

“A Day-Afer-Christmas Treat.” The Atlantic, 26 Dec. 2009

“Reel.” Five Dials, vol. 34, undated (.pdf file)


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Two Interviews, on Tan’s Writing Style, Sarong Party Girls and Other Topics. YouTube, 30 Jul. 2019

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan Reads an Excerpt from Sarong Party Girls. YouTube, 1 Aug. 2016

Asian American Writers’ Workshop: All That Glitter is Gold with Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Diksha Basu & Jarry Lee. YouTube, 17 Aug. 2017

Bookmark: Afterwords on Sarong Party Girls. BFM, 19 Jul. 2016

Interview with Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan on Sarong Party GirlsYouTube, 11 Jul. 2016

Interview with Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Salar Abdoh and Assaf Gavron. YouTube, 2 Sep. 2019

A Day of Words: Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan. YouTube, 8 Sep. 2014

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan Talks about A Tiger in the Kitchen and Learning to Cook the Food of Singapore. Southbound Food, 3 Jul. 2011

Singaporean Cuisine of All Stripes, Courtesy 'A Tiger'. npr, 11 Feb. 2011

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan on Channel News Asia. YouTube, undated

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan Talks about the Singaporean Kitchen. YouTube, 21 Aug. 2011