Hmong American creator Renée Ya recently released her debut chabook, Book of 2022 and a tarot deck.
With roots in Fresno, CA, she’s been a longtime supporter of my work while also making her own distinctive space in the Southeast Asian American diasporic community, organizing readings, events and networking groups that meet the needs of our community.
I’m very proud of her taking this new step for herself. She has over 16 years of experience in the technology and video game industry in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the Co-founder of Tiger Byte Studios, a full-service technology company actualizing products and games. She’s also a Product Manager by trade and mother to the next feisty generation of women warriors. Be sure to visit her website at https://reneeya.com/
In Book of 2022, Renée Ya asks “What if a deck of cards could tell you about your past, your present, and your future?” She invites readers to interact with her innovative chapbook, to explore love, loss, and learn of past mistakes within the framing of drawing on the premise of a “New Year 7 card spread.” The project includes 7 Hmong-inspired tarot cards, designed by Renée and illustrated by Emily Ehrlich.
With this debut, I’m intrigued about what her follow-up project will be, and in the meantime, I hope many will enjoy this collection as much as I did.