Alison Gee is an award-winning international journalist whose work has been translated into 10 languages and has appeared in People, In Style, Marie Claire, Sunset, International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Asiaweek, The Independent in London and Vanity Fair. She also writes and edits for such online publications as iVillage, Huffington Post and People.com. For eight years, she was a staff features writer/correspondent at People. She won the 1997 Amnesty International Award for Feature Writing for her Asiaweek cover story about child prostitution in Southeast Asia. HerMarie Claire feature about the last generation of bound-foot women in China was published on five continents. She has traveled throughout Asia covering Asian cinema and has discussed Hong Kong movies onCNN and CNBC. Alison's India-based memoir, The Peacock Sings for Rain, chronicles her experiences at her husband's ancestral home, a 100-year-old manor palace in northern India. It also follows her relationship with her idiosyncratic landed-gentry in-laws and her growing ties to India itself. The book, bought by St. Martin's Press, will be published in 2011. Her first book, Nursery Style, was published by Chronicle Books in 2007. In addition to her work as a journalist and author, Alison teaches Creative Nonfiction at UCLA Extension.
Alison was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her grandfather, a former mayor of L.A. Chinatown, was an import-export tycoon and an advisor and friend of President Richard Nixon. Alison studied British and American literature at Scripps College in Claremont, California, where she also won the Edward A. White award for American Studies. She received her MA in British Literature from the University of London and won a fellowship for the Ph.D. program in Hong Kong cinema at the University of Hong Kong. She also won a Rotary International Fellowship for Journalism, which brought her to Hong Kong for eight years.
Alison lives in Los Angeles with her husband, novelist and journalist, Ajay Singh, and their eight-year-old daughter, Anais.