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Scattered Sand: China’s Migrant Workers Get a Voice

By RYAN WONG | January 9, 2013 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

An interview with journalist Hsiao-Hung Pai, whose book Scattered Sand tells the stories of Chinese migrant workers—direct from their mouths.

Happy Controversy: Danish Ali and Ali Gul Pir on Their First US Comedy Tour

By Jen Kwok | December 12, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The two comics chat with fellow comedian Jen Kwok about emergency generators, censorship, and the most-viewed YouTube video in Pakistan.

Excerpt: Lament in the Night

By Sh?son Nagahara | December 6, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Originally published in Japanese in 1925, this naturalist noir masterpiece follows itinerant day laborer Ishikawa Sazuko as he prowls the back alleys of Los Angeles, looking for a meal, a job, or just some companionship. With an introduction by translator Andrew Leong.

Speaker in a Future Age: Ed Bok Lee on Poetry, Places and the Death of Tongues

By Sueyeun Juliette Lee | November 28, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

“I have a mole on the bottom of my foot, and some of my more superstitious relatives told me that if you have a mole on the sole of one foot, you’ll always yearn to visit new places more than most.”

Live From East Shore: Xia Jia, Jazz Heavyweight

By Terry Hsieh | November 28, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

“Stay with the music, that’s all it’s about anyways.” A night with legendary Chinese jazz pianist Xia Jia.

Meet Hualing Nieh, Mo Yan’s “Literary Mother”

By Jeff Tompkins | November 9, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Orhan Pamuk and Mo Yan, Noble Prize winners in Literature, were both writers-in-residence at the prestigious International Writing Program. An interview with IWP’s current director about one of the program’s founders, the remarkable Chinese novelist Hualing Nieh.

Cobra Notes for Ban

By Bhanu Kapil | October 17, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

“I want a literature that is not made from literature.”

A (2012) Midsummer History Lesson

By Negin Farsad | October 5, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

It’s the year 2352, and the Walrusoids are at it again, speculating over divorce, SB 1070, some tall Asian guy named Jeremy Lin, and movie theater masturbation.

The Occasional Writer: An Interview with Science Fiction Author Ted Chiang

By Vandana Singh | October 3, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Fellow sci-fi writer Vandana Singh quizzes the award-winning, short-fiction master on his axiomatic approaches, paradigm shifts, and whether he would ever own a digient.

EXCERPT: The Story of My Assassins

By Tarun Tejpal | September 27, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

“Our Mordor was the same. Our Frankenstein was the same. Our Tinker Bell was the same. We didn’t have to imagine Davy Jones—a graphics company in Silicon Valley was manufacturing him for us. We all picked our visuals from the universal pool. The individual monster was dead.”

Fear Itself: The Hysterics of Death by China

By Ryan Lee Wong | September 25, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

An alarming new documentary blames China for America’s woes.

YA Fiction and Issues that Aren’t Fictitious: A Q&A with Adaptation Author Malinda Lo

By Phyllis Fong | September 18, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

“I absolutely did not set out to write a lesbian Cinderella. It wasn’t the story I intended to tell, so it took me a while to come around to the idea of telling it.”

Catch Me Online: The Dead Do Not Improve’s Jay Caspian Kang

By Hua Hsu | September 14, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The journalist and debut fiction writer chats with fellow Grantland writer Hua Hsu about his new neo-noir novel, grading papers, and Duck Down videos.

Excerpt: Qiu Miaojin’s Notes of a Crocodile

By Qiu Miaojin | September 5, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Qiu Miaojin—one of the first openly lesbian writers in ’90s post-martial-law Taiwan—committed suicide at the age of 26. What follows is an excerpt from her “survival manual” for a younger generation. With an introduction by translator Bonnie Huie.

The Ghosts of Omonia Square

By Ranbir Sidhu | August 29, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

In Athens, an historic square and neighborhood now home to porno theaters, sex stores, and “café” brothels, is alive with immigrants—until it isn’t.

What’s the best pitch you’ve ever gotten?

By Agony Agent | August 16, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Our mystery veteran agents answer your questions about the book industry.

Portrait of the Artist as an Activist | Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

By Ryan Lee Wong | July 27, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

A new documentary about the famed Chinese artist and dissident focuses on his activism more than it does his art.

GAOKAO NAO: The Winners of Our “Hao Nao, Gao Kao” Contest!

By | July 26, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Drum roll, please. The results of our “Gao Kao” contest, co-hosted by Wall Street Journal “Tao Jones” columnist Jeff Yang, are in.

Honorable Mention: Tze-Ming Mok, “Pants, Too, Should Be Optional”

By Tze-Ming Mok | July 26, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

“Only when the Imperial Wang—or as they say in English, “The Wang of Wangs,” is shoved directly in the face of the public, will the Emperor’s potency be fully apparent.”

Third Place: Laura Chu, “Clean or Cloudy, It’s All Relative”

By Laura Chu | July 26, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

“Fry these days! Maybe he had been exposed to too many pesticides as an egg.”

Second Place: Alice Yen, “The Evolution of [Love] Letters”

By Alice Yen | July 26, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Various communications methods are being developed: email, SMS, etc. Do you think the letter is replaceable?

First Place: Mic Nguyen, “Supplemental Instructions”

By Mic Nguyen | July 26, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

“Assume the fish are swimming in clean, pollution-free water. Assume any cloudiness to be a consequence of naturally occurring solvents or debris.”

WATCH: Junot Diaz and Min Jin Lee on Writer Origins

By Lali Foster | July 25, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

“They say to write something new you’ve got to be lost.” An excerpted video conversation featuring the Pulitzer Prize winner and the author of Free Food for Millionaires.

Ashok and Sheng Take Cover

By Ashok Kondabolu | July 12, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

In the first installment of his interview column, “The Cornering,” Ashok Kondabolu of Das Racist chats it up with Comedy Central comedian Sheng Wang. They also traipse the streets of Chinatown. Look out for part deux of this interview next week.

R.I.P. Isuzu Yamada

By Anne Ishii | July 10, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The Tokyo New Wave actress featured brilliantly in films by Ozu, Mizoguchi, and Kurosawa.

Party with DREAMer Julio Salgado at our Launch Celebration

By AAWW Staff | June 27, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

A round-up of articles, interviews and videos featuring Salgado, who was recently among the first undocumented immigrants to be featured on the cover of TIME magazine. The artist and activist will be screenprinting at AAWW’s launch party tonight.

When Your Video Game Gets You Branded a Spy

By Anne Ishii | June 25, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

A former Rockstar Games developer’s new project about the Iranian Revolution has gotten him labeled a spy.

Contest: Hao Nao, Gaokao?

By AAWW Staff | June 22, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Compared to China’s national university entrance exam, the gaokao (lit., “test you must ace or work as a menial laborer for the rest of your life”), the SATs are a stroll in the park.

How soon can I write my memoir?

By Agony Agent | June 18, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The inaugural installment of our publishing advice column. Send our Agony Agents your most pressing book industry questions!

With Grain: A Q&A with Apichatpong Weerasethakul

By Katie Kitamura | June 15, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The acclaimed Thai filmmaker sits down with novelist Katie Kitamura for a conversation about narrative vs. storytelling, black magic, and migrant populations.

Nick Carter: Killmaster, Yogi, Lover.

By Anne Ishii | June 13, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Spy novels as Asian kitsch.

Stay Sassy

By Jamia Wilson | June 12, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

A love letter to the magazine that defined a generation.

Don Lee on how to smooth out your jibes. A Q&A.

By Ken Chen | June 8, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The author of The Collective chats with AAWW executive director Ken Chen about windsurfing, his writing chair, and the best way to eat eggs.

Born in the U.S.A.: Cornershop’s “Brimful of Asha”

By Manan Desai | June 7, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The British desi band’s kitschy, three-chord hit appeared on episodes of Friends and in a Gap commercial.

Idées Vagues, Images Claires

By Anne Ishii | June 7, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

On rural Chinese costume jewelry, and eerily quiet portraits.

Asian Chic

By Thuy Linh Tu | June 6, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The ‘90s saw Western designers outsourcing not just manufacturing, but inspiration, to Asia.

“Where is your ‘White literature’ section?”

By Amitava Kumar | June 4, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Author, professor, and provocateur Amitava Kumar has a very specific question for New York City book clerks.

The Revolution of Word Sound Power

By Siddhartha Mitter | June 3, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Delhi-based reggae MC Taru Dalmia travels to villages in India to record songs that speak truth to power.

Rihanna’s Orientalist Turn

By Katherine Zhang | June 3, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The singer stars in Coldplay’s perplexing (and embarrassing) “Princess of China” music video.

Pen and Paper. . . on Paper

By Anne Ishii | June 3, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

In Japan, stationery magazines repopulate like bunnies.

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