Gail Tsukiyama is an American novelist.
- Writing chose me…It came out of the need to learn about my heritage.
- On why she began writing in “Gail Tsukiyama writes to explore her dual heritage” in Davis Community Network (1998 Mar 29)
- I'm as American as apple pie…And yet when Chinese New Year comes along I still have to be very careful about not saying anything wrong, because that sets the mood for the whole year. All these Chinese traditions from my mother's family are with me, and they all come out in my books. But sometimes you have to step away from them.
- On reconciling her Chinese ancestry with her American values in “Family Anchors Tsukiyama's Novels / Chinese-Japanese roots flower into elegant prose” in SFGATE (1998 Apr 7)
- It came mainly from my desire to learn more about the Japanese culture. I've also always been fascinated by social groups who live and work outside the mainstream. So the world of sumo wrestling within the Japanese culture had been an ongoing interest, something I've always wanted to write about. It covered such enticing material and I've always had so many questions I wanted answered…
- On what inspired her to write The Street of a Thousand Blossoms in “Interview: September 7, 2007” in Book Reporter (2007 Sept 7)
- A story's narrative demands ebb and flow when so much time is covered. There has to be change in order to create movement in a story. And then again, the time period and the culture had a lot to do with their staying power. Today, the world is much more fast paced, and hitting a stagnation point might mean the end of a relationship.
- On how time was a factor in her work The Street of a Thousand Blossoms in “Interview: September 7, 2007” in Book Reporter (2007 Sept 7)