Upcoming Events

Sri Lanka: Beyond an Uncivil Season

Rohini Mohan, Indran Amirthanayagam, Leslie Jamison, Somini Sengupta

Come chomp on some Sri Lankan food as we ask, What happens in the aftermath of a three-decade long war? It’s a question at the center of Rohini Mohan’s new book, The Seasons of Trouble. The result of five years of reporting and research, her devastating and beautifully written account closes in on the lives of three Tamils caught in the everyday violence that lingers after the end of the.. MORE

Sat, November 1, 2014 3:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6FL
New York, NY 10001

Crimes and Modernities

Fuminori Nakamura, K. Anis Ahmed, Naeem Mohaiemen, Midori Yamamura

In Fuminori Nakamura's story of photography and murder in Last Winter We Parted and K. Anis Ahmed's exploration of the regimes, politics, and property in The World in My Hands, we follow two writer protagonists as they navigate dark world where politics, crime, and existential doubt collide. This is a rare chance to see Nakamura, usually based in Tokyo, alongside Ahmed, who lives in Dhaka. The event will be moderated.. MORE

Tue, November 4, 2014 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York,

Awesome Poets Night: Jenny Zhang, Wendy Xu, Monica Mody, and Monica Mcclure

Jenny Zhang, Wendy Xu, Monica Mody, and Monica Mcclure

Oh hey, we found your TO DO list: 1) Travel to the colony of world travelers. 2) Code-switch. 3) Get vulnerable and fluctuate. 4) Come to our wild reading with some of our favorite emerging poets: Jenny Zhang, Wendy Xu, Monica Mody, and Monica Mcclure. Take a dive in the black waters of Monica Mody’s shamanic-futuristic Kala Pani (1913 press 2013), the best bonkers, ritualistic-bureaucratic, anti-imperial, terraforming poetry book ever.. MORE

Fri, November 7, 2014 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6FL
New York, NY 10001
Past Events

Asian Americana: The Invention of the Model Minority Stereotype

Ellen D. Wu

You know the "model minority" story: Asian Americans as assimilated, professional, quiet. Ellen Wu's new book The Color of Success shows that this wasn't just a chance myth, but a concerted effort of liberal journalists, government officials, and scientists to create a narrative to combat and control the black liberation struggles, a Japanese population liberated from camps, and America's ongoing warfare. Her presentation will be joined by a screening of some MORE

Thu, October 30, 2014 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York,

WHO WE BE: A NEAR HISTORY OF RACIAL COUNTERCULTURE

Jeff Chang, Jessica Hagedorn, Vijay Prashad, Ayesha Siddiqi, Jay Smooth, Sonia Guiñansaca, and Hank Willis Thomas

Hey Fam. You gotta drop whatever you're doing and come celebrate Jeff Chang's new book Who Who Be: The Colorization of America. The author of Can't Stop: Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, Jeff now presents a recent cultural history of American race in Who We Be. We're talking the Obama Hope poster, the invention of multiculturalism, Faith Ringgold, Colors magazine, Ishmael Reed, the Southern Strategy, Glenn MORE

Tue, October 28, 2014 7:00pm
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 E 3rd St
New York, NY 10009

The Body Vietnam

Lan Cao, Paul Tran

The body carries memory, trauma, war, escape, repression. To excavate it is a political act. Lan Cao's new novel, The Lotus and the Storm, pulls the viewer back and forth between contemporary America and the war in Vietnam, following a family as they uncover truths about the atrocities there. Paul Tran molds spoken word poetry out of his historical research, using gesture, rhythm, and quotation to animate those narratives. Lan Cao is MORE

Fri, October 24, 2014 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York
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