In 2005, over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations called on people around the world to join a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the state of Israel until it complies with international law and ends its occupation of Palestinian land. While prominent musicians and filmmakers have publicly supported BDS, the cultural boycott of Israel has not taken a hold in contemporary visual art or publishing until very recently. Last month,.. MORE
At the start of Ed Lin's Ghost Month, a young man finds that his ex-girlfriend has been murdered. Turns out she was working as a "betel nut beauty": one of the scantily-clad women who stand by roadsides selling the snacks to truck drivers. AAWW is setting the scene for Lin's book at the start of ghost month (August), with the quintessential Taiwanese party: the night market. Baos, rolls, and bubble teas abundant, not to mention books.
Mouth to Mouth is AAWW’s open mic series. We provide a safe space to forge new art and communities. We’ve seen unpublished writers and legendary authors, sparked book deals, and hosted comedy, spoken word, music, poetry, memoir, fiction, and more.
DarkMatter is a queer South Asian performance and literary arts duo made up of Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian. They make noise, perform spoken word, write excessively, facilitate workshops, and flail their arms around. Check some.. MORE
Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai's Ai Weiwei: The Seed is a live music, video, dance and spoken word piece exploring the roots of Ai Weiwei's political consciousness and emergence as one of the world's foremost artists and thinkers. "Ai Weiwei: The Seed" tracks the artist's life from his childhood in exile with his political poet father Ai Qing to his formative decade in NYC (1981-1993) as a street artist in Williamsburg and the East Village, MORE
T.S. Eliot said that re-purposing myth was "a step toward making the modern world possible for art." He didn't know it could take forms as wondrous, colorful, and quirky as in the work of Porochista Khakpour and Hamid Rahmanian, who both updated tales from the Shahnameh, the Book of Kings. Khakpour's contemporary epic The Last Illusion follows Zal, an albino thought cursed by his mother, from a MORE
Mystery, immigrant narrative, family drama, coming of age story: Celeste Ng's debut novel Everything I Never Told You blends and transcends genre. The novel starts with the death of a young woman and turns into a family's process of discovery. AAWW celebrates the book's launch with Greenlight Books. Long-time AAWW friend Catherine Chung (author of Forgotten Country) moderates. Celeste Ng is the author of the novel Everything I Never Told You (June 2014, Penguin Press). She attended Harvard University MORE