Ho Minfong is a Chinese-American writer who was born in Myanmar. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cornell University, where she began her literary career with Sing to the Dawn, which she submitted to the Council for Interracial Books for Children’s annual short story contest. Her novels focus on the lives of people living in poverty in Southeast Asia and are set against the backdrop of real events, like the Cambodian refugee problem at the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime.