Yang-May Ooi is an acclaimed storyteller working across cultures and genres.

Her books and theatre work explores personal empowerment beyond gender roles and cultural constraints. She is currently working on a new East Asian play in collaboration  with actor Julie Cheung-Inhin. The play, Butterfly in Blue Jeans, is an East Asian feminist take on Puccini’s Madama Butterfly – to find out more, go to www.ButterflyInBlueJeans.co.uk

As a coach/ consultant, she works with talented creatives, leaders and experts to shape their inspiring ideas and transform them into bold action.

 Bound Feet Blues – A Life Told in Shoes

Yang-May’s  sell-out solo stage performance of her autobiographical story, Bound Feet Blues,  used the metaphor of shoes and bound feet as a way to explore female desirability and empowerment.

This innovative theatre piece has been described as “Stunning, moving, memorable and beautiful”, “A powerhouse performance” and  “Terrific… poignant… sexy”.

The book  of the same name is out now, published by Urbane Publications. The groundbreaking memoir combines family history, cultural commentary, social history, folk tales and a moving coming out story to investigate what it means to be a woman.

The book:


The stage performance – highlights from the Nov/ Dec 2015 full production:

You can watch the complete one hour show and find out more on the Bound Feet Blues website – www.BoundFeetBlues.co.uk


Yang-May’s bestselling novel The Flame Tree outranked Ken Follet in the Malaysian bestseller charts. Her second novel Mindgame is probably the first and only Malaysian lesbian thriller with a James Bond ending. Both books subvert the thriller genre to explore deeper themes of environmental degradation, personal authenticity, female sexuality and race. Find out more about her books on the Books page. 

Tiger Spirit Coaching

Tiger Spirit Coaching offers unique one-to-one coaching for talented individuals with principal coach and “actionista” Yang-May Ooi, based on creative collaboration principles.

Find out about working with Yang-May via our flagship Tiger Spirit Coaching Programme.

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Photo credit: Sheila Burnett