Congrats Timothy Tau, Winner of Hyphen Magazine’s Asian American Short Story Contest congratulates filmmaker and writer Timothy Tau, whose short story, “The Understudy,” was selected by Hyphen Magazine and The Asian American Writers’ Workshop as the winner of the 2011 Asian American Short Story Contest! Timothy has previously contributed featured guest articles about fellow filmmakers for our website, so it’s great to see him achieving such recognition for his work.

Timothy Tau is a graduate of UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Hastings College of the Law. This isn’t his first award for excellent writing. His short story “Land of Origin” won Second Prize in the 2010 Playboy College Fiction Contest. Also, as a filmmaker, he has directed and produced several films and music videos that have screened at film festivals nationwide.

In “The Understudy,” the protagonist is a Taiwanese American ENT physician named Jack Chang who leaves his career in medicine to pursue his dreams in Hollywood. However, he finds only stereotypical roles in portraying Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. “The Understudy” has been published in the winter 2011 issue of Hyphen Magazine.

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“Full of vibrating energy, ‘The Understudy’ is an exciting story to read; better, the excitement does not fizz off but makes a reader think afterward.”
— Yiyun Li, author of the award-winning novel, The Vagrants and the short story collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

“A psychological thriller successfully pulled off in second person — alone a feat worthy of mention — and cautionary tale about what happens when you entirely live for and therefore ultimately lose everything but your art. At surface glance, it can make one think ‘Chinese thespian Black Swan,’ but the wild, brainy, dark and dazzling prose is in a league of its own.”
— Porochista Khakpour, author of Sons and Other Flammable Objects