A discussion with Peter Ho Davies to celebrate his new book, THE ART OF REVISION.
Tags: A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself, Alexander Chee, Asian American, Cantonese, Cathy Park Hong, Chang-rae Lee, China, Chinese American, Daniel Tam-Claiborne, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, identity, Kundiman, Mandarin, mixed race, model minority, NYU Shanghai, peter ho davies, representation, The Art of Revision, The Fortunes, The Ugliest House in the World, The Welsh Girl, Toisanese, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Warren Wilson MFA
Jenny Qi discusses her debut poetry collection, FOCAL POINT.
Tags: afterlife, carl sagan, China, Chinese, Chinese American, Crying in H Mart, Cultural Revolution, debut collection, family, Focal Point, Great Leap Forward, grief, Jenny Qi, Kat Chow, Michelle Zauner, mothers, mothers and daughters, poems, poetry, Richard Feynman, spirituality, Tria Wen, Victoria Chang
All the while, the sound of the poetry behind the telling is sharp, rhythmic, and controlled. ...more
Tags: Alice Liang, Alien Miss, Angel Island, Asian American, assimilation, book review, Carlina Duan, Chinese American, Chinese Exclusion Act, Clara Elizabeth Chan Lee, hate crime, I Wore My Blackest Hair, immigrants, immigration, language, lineage, Midwest, Midwestern, pinyin, poems, poetry, poetry review, Racism, review, Teresa Teng, University of Wisconsin Press
Anne Liu Kellor discusses her debut memoir, HEART RADICAL.
Tags: Anne Liu Kellor, bilingual, Chengdu, China, Chinese, Chinese American, Cultural Revolution, debut memoir, family trauma, generational trauma, genocide, Grace Loh Prasad, Heart Radical, Heart Radical: A Search for Language Love and Belonging, heritage, historical trauma, identity, intergenerational memory, intergenerational trauma, language, Lhasa, Mandarin, memoir, mixed race, Pacific Northwest, Puget Sound, Seattle, tibet, travel, travel memoir, travel writing, White Supremacy
Anna Qu discusses her debut memoir, MADE IN CHINA.
Tags: absent fathers, Anna Qu, child abuse, childhood trauma, China, Chinese, Chinese American, Chinese immigrant, debut memoir, family trauma, fathers, fathers and daughters, gender roles, generational trauma, girlhood, grandmother, immigrants, immigration, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Made in America, Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor, Megan Vered, Melissa Febos, memoir, misogyny, model minority, mothers, mothers and daughters, sexism, therapy, Vivian Gornick, Wenzhou
Her name was Ing Hua. Literal translation: Cherry Blossom. ...more
Tags: Asian American, Asian American Curriculum Project, cherry blossom, cherry blossoms, childhood trauma, China Flu, Chinese, Chinese American, COVID, COVID-19, Daoyou Feng, Double Dragon, dreams, family, grandmothers, grandparents, hate crime, hate crimes, Hyun Jung Grant, Julie Chang, names, naming, New Jersey, New York City, Nintendo, pandemic, Racism, Soon Chung Park, Suncha Kim, taipei, Taiwan, Trump, Video Games, Vilma Kari, Xiao Zhen Xie, Xiaojie Tan, Yong Ae Yue
Chang’s style imitates internet culture and the patterns of an anxious mind. But there’s also glamour. ...more
Tags: anxiety, Asian American, Bateau Press, billie holiday, book review, chapbook, Chinese, Chinese American, coming out, Drakkar Noir, Frank O'Hara, Hart Crane, identity, Internet, LGBTQ, Michael Chang, microaggressions, nonbinary, poems, poetry, poetry review, queer, queerness, Racism, review, Stephen Scott Whitaker, tokenism, whiteness
It comes down to this: I feel the need to prove I belong here. ...more
Tags: American Southwest, American West., Arthur’s Pass National Park, Avalanche Peak, California, camping, Chinese, Chinese American, desert, displacement, Fujian, Hiking, immigrants, immigration, Indigenous, los angeles, Manifest Destiny, mojave, Mojave Desert, mythology, Native American, Native Americans, natural world, nature, New Zealand, racial inequality, Racism, San Gabriel Valley, travel, Willa Zhang
K-Ming Chang discusses her debut novel, BESTIARY.
Tags: Asian American, Bestiary, bodies, Chinese, Chinese American, coming of age, community, COVID-19, debut novel, Dorothy Allison, eating, food, genre, Grandmaster, historical trauma, Hua Hsu, inherited trauma, Jenny Zhang, jessica hagedorn, Julia Kardon, K Ming Chang, LGBTQ, Marilyn Chin, Maxine Hong Kingston, migration, mothers, mothers and daughters, natural world, nature, pandemic, poetry, queer, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen, Sour Heart, Taiwan, Taiwanese, teaching, teaching writing, Vanessa Chan, Wong Kar Wai
For many years, I tried to civilize myself. ...more
Tags: anger, California, Chinese, Chinese American, Chinese food, college, cooking, East Asian, eating, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, food, food and family, gentrification, heart attack, hong kong, intergenerational trauma, Lia Dun, los angeles, meat, pork, Racism, resentment, roast pigeon, shame, Stockton, vegetarian, vegetarianism
I’ll always wish for one last dim sum, one more time to hear the words “I love you, too.” ...more
Tags: Breann Wong, cancer, China, Chinese, Chinese American, Chur Wong, citizenship, colon cancer, communism, communist, cook, cooking, dim sum, entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, family, family history, famine, food, food and family, food trucks, grandfather, grandfathers, Guangdong, hawaii, hong kong, Honolulu, immigrants, immigration, Kansas City, Magnuson Act, manapua, Manapua Man, Mao Zedong, Missouri, Murry Engle, Oahu, poverty, Waikiki
To grieve is to demonstrate dedication to those we love. ...more
Tags: A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, afterlife, book review, Chinese, Chinese American, chinese-americans, Dear Friend from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, death, devotion, elizabeth strout, fatalism, grief, Kemi Falodun, Mental Health, mental illness, motherhood, mothers and sons, Patti Smith, suicide, suicide attempt, The Vagrants, Where Reasons End, yiyun li
Each luminous metaphor lays claim over sadness or violence, remaking it. ...more
Tags: Black Lawrence Press, book review, Books, Chinese American, Kristin Chang, LGBTQ, Past Lives Future Bodies, poetry, queer, Reviews, Taiwan, Torrin A. Greathouse
Vanessa Hua discusses her forthcoming novel, A RIVER OF STARS.
Tags: A River of Stars, Asian American, audience, Ballantine Books, bollywood, China, Chinese American, Deceit and Other Possibilities, emails, immigrants, immigration, India, journalism, maternity center, motherhood, mothers, parenting, pregnancy, San Francisco Chronicle, Simmi Aujla, vanessa hua
I finish counting and start over, trying, always, to solve the equation of myself. ...more
Tags: accent, America, american english, Asian, Asian American, Austin, Black Skin White Masks, Chinese American, fobby, Frantz Fanon, immigrants, immigration, London, person of color, privilege, Rachel Heng, Racism, simone de beauvoir, Singapore, Singlish, stereotypes, Suicide Club, The Second Sex
Chen’s sense of history is reason enough to appreciate her poetry, but equally thrilling is her language. ...more
Tags: Adam Zagajewski, book review, China, Chinese American, debut collection, Farrar Straus and Giroux, first book, James Davis May, Los Angeles Review of Books, Louise Steinman, poetry, Tavern Books, Unearthings, Wendy Chen
It paralyzes me to think about the sacrifices my family made before I was in my mother’s womb. When they came here they knew they would lose a part of their language, their memories, their sanctity of self. ...more
Tags: America, Angie Seijun Lou, cats, childhood, China, Chinese, Chinese American, daughter, Diaspora, family, grandmother, heritage, immigrants, immigration, language, memories, memory, Mother, motherhood, mothers and daughters, motorcycles, Shanghai, skype, Sleepless in Seattle, Suheir Hammad, tai chi, undocumented immigrant, Visa, Zhengzhou
Vanessa Hua discusses her debut collection,
Deceit and Other Possibilities, writing fiction in order to understand life as an American-born child of immigrants, and the importance of literary community. ...more
Tags: A River of Stars, abu dhabi, asia, Azia Kim, Bay Area, Burma, childhood, China, Chinatown, Chinese, Chinese American, coming out, Cream City Review, debut collection, Diaspora, Ecuador, family, family secret, fiction, first book, gay, gender, Girl Scouts, Hedgebrook, Hiking, hong kong, identity, immigrant, immigration, independent bookstores, interview, journalism, journalist, landscape, Literary Community, literary magazines, literature, Melissa Sipin, memories, motherhood, mothers, nature, Pacific Rim, Panama, race, Saint Mary's College, San Francisco, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Writer's Grotto, sex scandals, short fiction, short story, south korea, Stanford, stories, Susan Straight, Taiwan, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, United States, vanessa hua, Whidbey Island, writing, writing conferences, WWII
Unwittingly, my mother teaches me in this conversation her generation’s word for gay: 同性恋. I look it up in an online dictionary, three characters in my mother’s tongue. Same, sex, and love. ...more
Tags: Beijing, bicycle, Boston, brothers, childhood, China, Chinese, Chinese American, coming out, driving, family, fathers, fathers and sons, gay, gender roles, homosexuality, immigrants, language, LGBT, masculinity, mothers, mothers and sons, parents, queer, sexuality, shopping, translation, Victor Yang
I assume he’s going to drop us off, wish us luck, and speed away. But instead Little Wei slams on his brakes, turns off the ignition, and says, “I will climb, too.” ...more
Tags: censorship, Chellis Ying, China, Chinese, Chinese American, climbing, communism, fear, Gêtu Valley, Mandarin, Miao, mountain climbing, Oliver's Crag, Petzl RocTrip, poverty, progress, The Great Arch, tourism
Jade Chang discusses her new novel
The Wangs vs. the World, citizen journalism, and how to write an immigrant story that’s not all about pain. ...more
Tags: Alfred Olango, Art, Behold the Dreamers, Chinese, Chinese American, citizen journalism, comedy, cosmetics, Danez Smith, emoticons, fashion, gamergate, gawker, How I Became a North Korean, immigrants, immigration, Internet, Jade Chang, journalism, makeup, Margaret Wappler, Neon Green, New Orleans, race, Rumpus Book Club, stand up comedy, Standing Rock, The Mothers, The Wangs vs the World, visual art, Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?, writing process