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Legal Dramas, Mad Men, and the Evolution of the Fictional Female Lawyer

By Anne Ishii | September 16, 2013 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

A look at entertainment lawyer Helen Wan’s debut novel, The Partner Track.

The School for Good and Evil: A Review

By Kavi K. | August 14, 2013 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

10-year-old Kavi K tells us about Soman Chainani’s new fairy-tale adventure

Dennis Hopper Estate Sale: “Chinese” Warrior. Hey man, he’s Japanese, man.

By Anne Ishii | February 25, 2013 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Easy Rider and recently deceased Dennis Hopper apparently had a collection of “Chinese” warrior prints that went up for bidding. Except that the warrior is not Chinese… or a warrior…

Monday Clicks: Lunar New Year, Celine Dion and Other Forms of “Poetry”

By Anne Ishii | February 11, 2013 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Link-bait for the Monday-challenged.

Wednesday Clicks: Marguerite Duras, Godemichets, That (Psy and) Pistachios Ad

By Anne Ishii | February 6, 2013 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Link bait for hump day.

Superman Versus Yellow-face

By Anne Ishii | January 30, 2013 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Remember those “Asian thug” villains from the earliest Detective Comics?

Fresh Off the Boat, Fresh Off the Shelf: Eddie Huang at B&N Tonight

By | January 29, 2013 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Baohaus bad boy and Workshop board member Eddie Huang reads from his new memoir tonight. Where will you be?

Monday Clicks: Trained Monkeys, Sylvia Plath as Chick Lit, “Racist” Kodak Film

By Anne Ishii | January 28, 2013 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Link bait for the Monday-challenged.

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.

Writing Tips: “Acquire a cat.”

By Emma Straub | December 3, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop
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Emma Straub, author of Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, on why a feline companion might make you a better writer.

Writing Tips: “Focus on the things you can control.”

By Catherine Chung | December 3, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop
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Advice from Catherine Chung, a fiction editor at Guernica and author of Forgotten Country.

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.

Writing Tips: “Style without story is an empty suit.”

By Alexander Chee | November 20, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop
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Whiting Award-winner Alexander Chee on post-its, the virtues of retyping, and committing to the process.

Spiritual Suicide in Pema Tseden’s Contemporary Tibet

By Tingting Wei | November 14, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The director’s slow-moving films about Tibetan life may feel like documentaries, but according to him, they aren’t.

Long Live Emoji (´•ω•`)

By Anne Ishii | October 9, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Make no mistake, the pinnacle of all graphic notation is emoji.

Fear Itself: The Hysterics of Death by China

By Ryan Lee Wong | September 25, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop
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An alarming new documentary blames China for America’s woes.

Muslim Self-Portraits (and Accusations) at Heart Mountain

By Hana Maruyama | August 22, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

At the Japanese American internment camp site, an art exhibit featuring photographs of Muslims has been the subject of complaints.

Cindy Sherman Plays Wolf (To Nikki S. Lee’s Chameleon)

By Sylvia Kwon | August 1, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

How do you get from Cindy Sherman, to Nikki S. Lee, and back?

Ching-In Chen: Zuihitsu to An Earlier Self

By Hana Maruyama | July 25, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

Queer poet Ching-In Chen’s letter to her younger self procures its epistolary strength from the loosely connected ideas of the zuihitsu.

Reading: Alif the Unseen

By Hana Maruyama | July 20, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

A new novel, written just before the Arab Spring, tells the story of a hacker turned revolutionary.

Chasing Down the #Ghandifoul

By Siddhartha Mitter | July 11, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

A new Twitter feed goes after those who commit the common crime of misspelling Mahatma Gandhi’s last name.

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.

Behind This Photo Is a Woman Crying

By Melissa Chadburn | July 10, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

A writer joins a protest against a proposed Walmart in L.A.’s Chinatown.

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.

Danny Boyle’s Eighty-Six Flavors

By Siddhartha Mitter | June 25, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The leaked playlist for the London Olympics opening ceremony is almost absurdly eclectic, and includes the bhangra track, “Nachna Onda Nei.”

Tailor-Made: Hollywood Tries to Suit China

By Shining Li and Katherine Zhang | June 19, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

But the media bungles it up with an overly simplistic “Red China” narrative.

Takeshi Miyakawa’s “Arresting” Creations

By Katherine Zhang | June 11, 2012 | Asian American Writers' Workshop

The artist’s plastic-bag installations caught the attention of the NYPD.

Idées Vagues, Images Claires

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

On rural Chinese costume jewelry, and eerily quiet portraits.

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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