The White Man and the Pachinko Girl Won a Wattys, the World’s Largest Online Writing Competition Award

Hong Kong writer Vann Chow is a winner of 2016’s The Wattys, the world’s largest online writing competition hosted by Wattpad. Wattpad, the global multiplatform entertainment company for original stories, transforms how the world discovers, creates, and engages with stories. Vann’s story, The White Man and the Pachinko Girl, was selected from among almost 140,000 entries to win the 2016 Wattys under the Hidden Gems category.

The White Man and the Pachinko Girl is a suspenseful, psychological thriller. The story begins with a chanced encounter between middle-aged American expat Smith and 18-year-old Japanese pachinko parlor hostess Misa, whose paths crossed because of a murder investigation.The White Man and the Pachinko Girl is the book one of the Tokyo Faces trilogy, inspired by actual events of social injustice against women and underprivileged community in Japan.

Vann Chow will receive premium exposure to Wattpad’s community of 45 million people and their work will be recognized as one of the most-loved Wattpad stories from the millions posted every year. It will also be featured alongside other 2016 Watty award winners through a promoted Wattpad reading list and official Wattys story cover badge. Vann Chow has also signed on to the Wattpad Star Program which supports successful writers by providing exciting opportunities to work with leading brands and partners in various media.

This year, almost 140,000 writers entered The Wattys by tagging their original work with #Wattys2016 on the Wattpad App or website. Millions of people in the community read, voted, and shared their favourite stories online to help Wattpad select the 2016 list of winners. Overall, people spent 13 billion minutes engaged with Wattys content this year, including Vann’s story.

“The Watty’s is a writing contest like no other. It’s a chance for storytellers of all levels to get recognition from a global audience,” said Marc. “The Wattpad community is obsessed with the annual competition and has spent 13 billion minutes reading and engaging with this year’s submissions.”

The Wattys highlight the love the community has shown for the most popular genres on Wattpad, and recognizes the effort of writers in the international community. Numerous Wattys winners have worked with top brands like Mondelez, Paramount Pictures, and Kraft through Wattpad’s Brand Stories native ad program. Some have even seen their work produced for film, print, television, and digital platforms through Wattpad Studios.

See all Wattys winner here: http://wattys.wattpad.com/winners/en/

See Vann’s response on winning the Wattys here: https://www.wattpad.com/332427981-wattys-2016-watty-winner-spotlight-vannchow

Shanghai Nobody

Shanghai Nobody - a satire about life in modern China by Vann Chow.
Shanghai Nobody – a satire about life in modern China by Vann Chow.

Shanghai Nobody is book one of the fiction series, Master Shanghai. It is the story of one young Chinese man’s adventure to find love and purposes in the 21st-century Chinese metropolis.

Written in a humorous tone, author Vann Chow brought to you a satire of urban life in China. The story explores cultural phenomenon such as China’s gender imbalance, selfish generation, newly rich, migrant workers, digital loneliness and Capitalist tyranny, reflecting on the glamorous and not-so-glamorous side of the rise of a modern nation through the eyes of one nobody of Shanghai.

Shanghai Nobody was first published online Shanghai Nobody was first published online on Wattpad, a popular Canadian book reading platform that has over 100 million users  worldwide. Shanghai Nobody has been featured as one of the top 20 general fiction on the platform since early 2016.

Get the book here: Shanghai Nobody Amazon book page

 

The White Man and the Pachinko Girl

A lonely, middle-aged American businessman on an expat assignment in Tokyo met young Japanese hostess Misa at a Pachinko parlor by chance. Knowing her personal woes, he gave her his winning from gambling in exchange for Japanese lessons. That large sum of money incriminated them to false accuse of sex trade. Meanwhile, an ex-adult film producer investigated the death of a French movie producer of cult status who happened to have filmed Misa in his last legendary work in Japan, in which she died in a freak accident during filming.

Who was the girl that lived?

The White Man and the Pachinko Girl is the book I of the Tokyo Faces trilogy by Vann Chow. Inspired by actual events of social injustice against women and underprivileged community in Japan, Tokyo Faces trilogy is a work of art that fused the storylines of lost souls living in the breathless city of Tokyo into a gripping adventure that rediscovers social issues around key social archetypes such as the loyal salaryman and middle-aged divorcee (Carson Smith), the promiscuous teenage girl (Misa Hayami) and the defeated artist (Tanaka Ryuuji), whose internal turmoil and external struggles with the world society have chosen to ignore so far.

Get the book now: The White Man and the Pachinko Girl Amazon page

You may read reviews of the book here.