The Margins

Open City


Workshop Staff

Board of Directors


Honorary Advisors


Established in 1991, AAWW is a national not-for-profit arts organization devoted to the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans–in other words, we’re the preeminent organization dedicated to the belief that Asian American stories deserve to be told.

We’re building the Asian literary culture of tomorrow through our curatorial platform, which includes our New York events series and our online editorial initiatives. In a time when China and India are on the rise, when immigration is a vital electoral issue, when the detention of Muslim Americans is a matter of common practice, we believe Asian American literature is vital to interpret our post-multicultural but not post-racial age. Our curatorial take is intellectual and alternative, pop cultural and highbrow, warm and artistically innovative, and vested in New York City communities.


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The Margins, the flagship editorial platform of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, is a bold new online magazine dedicated to inventing the Asian American creative culture of tomorrow. In an age when Asian Americans are relegated to sidekicks, whether in sitcoms or the corridors of power, we believe it’s time to bring Asian Americans into the conversations that matter. We’re thinking about Asian American identity in a way totally different from anyone else for a pan-racial, trans-cultural, truly world-spanning audience.

Open City is our new online magazine that takes the real-time pulse of metropolitan Asian America as it’s being lived on the streets of New York right now. We tell the stories of the Asian and immigrant neighborhoods that comprise one million New Yorkers and 13 percent of the city, but that rarely find their way to mainstream media.

With CultureStrike, we seek to launch a cultural movement around immigration. We enlisted 300 writers–like Salman Rushdie, John Waters, and Russell Banks–to boycott Arizona in the wake of SB1070. And we sent 50 writers and artists to Arizona to tour the border, including Maxine Hong Kingston, Teju Cole, Wangechi Mutu, and Daniel Alarcón.

Our curatorial platform is premised on the idea of a big-tent Asian American cultural pluralism. We’re interested in both the New York publishing industry and ethnic studies, the South Asian diasporic novel and the Asian American story of assimilation, high culture and pop culture, Lisa Lowe and Amar Chitra Katha, avant-garde poetry and spoken word, journalism and critical race theory, Midnight’s Children and Dictee. We are against both an exclusive literary culture that believes that race does not exist and Asian American narratives that lead to self-stereotyping and limit the menu of our identity. We are for inventing the future of Asian American literary culture. Named one of the top five Asian American groups nationally, covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Poets & Writers, we are a safe community space and an anti-racist counterculture, incubating new ideas and interpretations of what it means to be both an American and a global citizen.


From time to time, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop sells advertising space on our homepage and in our newsletter to publishing houses for individual book titles. Revenue from advertising helps AAWW achieve its mission of supporting Asian American writers. Advertising decisions are kept separate from editorial and programming decisions and do not influence which books we feature, how we choose to cover them in our online magazines, or the authors we feature at events in our space.

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is affiliated with the Technical, Office, and Professional (TOP) Union, Local 2110 UAW, AFL-CIO.


Workshop Staff

Lillian Cho, Interim Executive Director

Jyothi Natarajan, Editorial Director

Noel Pangilinan, Open City Editor

Kaitlin Rees, Asia Literary Editor

Tiffany Tran Le, Programs Assistant

Yasmin Adele Majeed, Assistant Editor

Alice Yang, Arts Education Manager

Rob Rusli, A/V Producer

Margaret Chen, Financial Consultant


Contributing Editors

Emily Yoon
Ayesha Raees


Board of Directors

Jin Auh

Jennifer Hayashida

Hua Hsu

Anne Ishii

Kirby Kim

Jennifer 8. Lee

Tan Lin

Monica Youn

Manan Ahmed

Marie Mutsuki Mockett

Mariko Gordon



Curtis Chin

Christina Chiu

Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Bino A. Realuyo


Honorary Advisors

Harold Augenbraum

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Jessica Hagedorn

Kimiko Hahn

Andrew Hsiao

Stewart Ikeda

Gish Jen

Elaine Kim

Jhumpa Lahiri

Russell Leong

David Mura

Robert Polito

Arthur Sze

Shawn Wong





New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.






This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

















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