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...
October 30, 2014
7:00 PM
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...
October 28, 2014
7:00 PM
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...
October 24, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Crushes and Mountains
Elisha Lim and Vivek Shraya
Canadian-based artists Elisha Lim and Vivek Shraya celebrate the publication of their new books, 100 Crushes and She of the Mountains, with queer prayers, songs, films, and readings. We're co-hosting the event at Barnard College.
October 21, 2014
7:00 PM
Barnard College – James Room 4th FL
3009 Broadway
New York 10027
Boat, Passage
Luis H. Francia, Jennifer Hayashida, Efren Cruzada, Kevin Estrada
Hamlet, The Beatles, the LA Rebellion, the War in Iraq: Luis H. Francia's new book, Tattered Boat, moves across his many interests with a careful and confident eye. Poet, translator, and activist Jennifer Hayashida will parse the poems and politics.  Francia will also be joined on stage by two younger poets...
October 14, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York New York
Metropole III: Karachi Crossroads
Sadia Shepard, Bilal Tanweer, Durba Mitra
Among the many characters in The Scatter Here Is Too Great, Bilal Tanweer's new novel, is the city of Karachi itself: its diverse, thriving population. The episodic novel follows a series of characters and voices after a bomb goes off at Karachi Cantt station.  Sadia Shepard will show an excerpt of her gorgeous film cycle The Other...
October 7, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York NY
Workshop: Two Truths and a Lie
Bushra Rehman
Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction Six Mondays from October 6- November 10, 2014, 7PM-9PM at AAWW Fee: $275 General/$250 AAWW Members Deposit: $50 General Deposit/$40 Members Writing from life can be a tricky business. There are people to protect, faulty memories of events, and the pitfalls of self-censorship. In...
October 6, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
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Open Mic: Burqa Project Edition
Ayesha Akhtar
AAWW’s open mic series provides 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. Featured presenter Ayesha Akhtar will break down The Burqa Project, in which she asks men...
September 30, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
The Popular is Political
Roxane Gay, Alexander Chee
You love the sound of "Blurred Lines" but hate the words. You're troubled by The Help. Where do feminism and diversity fit into this crazy world of pop culture? Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist doesn't offer up definitive answers, it provokes us into conversation. Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh and the great blog Koreanish, joins her on...
September 22, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York NY
Blind Musicians and The Peshawar Bazaar
Kamila Shamsie, Hari Kunzru
Hari Kunzru has gone digital with his multimedia essay “Twice Upon a Time” for the Atavist. The Atavist is going print with their first paper book, Kamila Shamsie's A God in Every Stone. Kunzru's essay is a take on New York through music and memory, with the sounds of the blind musician Moondog....
September 18, 2014
7:00 PM
McNally Jackson
52 Prince St
New York NY 10012
These Sacred Bones
R.A. Villanueva, Janine Joseph, Sarah Gambito, Joseph Legaspi, John Murillo, Patrick Rosal, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
Part religious meditation, part pop culture, R.A. Villanueva's Prairie Schooner Book Prize-winning debut Reliquaria uses the body as a starting point for everything else. AAWW is toasting the launch of his book with a stellar lineup of poets presenting their work with him. Award-winning performance poet Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai will emcee the...
September 13, 2014
7:00 PM
Dumbo Sky
10 Jay St, #903
Brooklyn New York
Ships, Blood, Fire, Diaspora
Kalyan Ray, Siddhartha Mitter
Kalyan Ray's sweeping new novel, No Country, takes us back to the height of the colonial era and to the present, using a network of characters to understand the South Asian diaspora. We begin in 19th Century Ireland, tracing families to Calcutta, New York, from 1843 to the present. Throughout,...
September 10, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
Presence and Poetry
Dorothy J. Wang, Sarah Gambito, Ken Chen
Do we read white poets the same way we do poets of color? Dorothy J. Wang’s Thinking Its Presence: Form, Race, And Subjectivity In Contemporary Asian American Poetry calls for a radical rethinking of how we read American poetry. Writers of color are seen as secondary to those who are...
August 26, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Apogee Journal, DarkMatter, Christopher Soto
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...
August 13, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
Ghost Month Night Market
Ed Lin
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...
August 1, 2014
6:00 PM
Taipei Cultural Center
1 East 42nd Street, 7th Floor
New York NY
BDS: What It Means for Artists
BDS Arts Coalition, Remi Kanazi, Hannah Mermelstein, and Josh MacPhee
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,...
July 31, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
Ai Weiwei: The Seed
Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Jessica Chen, Jason Kao Hwang, Adriel Luis, Kit Yan
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...
July 24, 2014
7:30 PM
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn
Shahnameh, Order, and Myth
Porochista Khakpour and Hamid Rahmanian
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...
July 10, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York ---select one--- 10001
The Favorite Daughter
Celeste Ng, Catherine Chung
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...
July 9, 2014
7:30 PM
Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn NY 11238
One Foot in Chinatown
Jean Kwok, Annie Ling
Is Chinatown a ghetto, an enclave, an opportunity, an obligation? If it was home once, is it always? Jean Kwok's new novel, Mambo in Chinatown, tells the story of a young woman hitting the ballroom scene while holding onto her family and the neighborhood she knows. She celebrates its release with a reading at AAWW....
June 24, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY 10001
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Franny Choi, Ed Lin, Jen Kwok
  Franny Choi's debut book just came out, and comedienne Jen Kwok and novelist Ed Lin are throwing down an open mic to celebrate. Called a "a beautiful, fearlessly loaded weapon” by Ed Bok Lee, Choi's Floating, Brilliant, Gone leads readers through the complex landscapes of absence, memory, and identity. Franny...
June 20, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY
Tarnishing Singapore
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Damon Chua, Colin Goh, moderated by Hirsh Sawhney
Singapore is known for order, safety, cleanliness. Singapore Noir, a new book edited by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, breaks us of that image. Join us for stories of geomancy, gambling, fisheries, and femmes fatales by Tan and contributors Damon Chua and Colin Goh. Moderated by Hirsh Sawhney (editor of Delhi Noir). Presented by the Asian American...
June 12, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY
Screening and Salon: Who is Dayani Cristal?
Lina Srivastava, Sarnata Reynolds, moderated by Michele Wucker
In recognition of World Refugee Day, this World Policy Salon brings together the film’s producers and immigration experts for a discussion of the ecosystem of global migration issues in the award-winning film Who is Dayani Cristal?  Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora Desert beneath a cicada tree, Arizona border police discover a...
June 11, 2014
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor
New York
The 2014 AAWW Publishing Conference
Min Jin Lee, Alexander Chee, Jay Caspian Kang, Tayari Jones, Jin Auh, Kirby Kim, Jacqueline Ko, Shaun Dolan, Robert Guinsler, and many more
You're a writer. We know it. You know it. We also know that sometimes the hardest part isn't getting your ideas down on paper, but getting your manuscript out of the slush pile. It's hard to know where to start, especially if you've got a full-time job or are raising...
June 8, 2014
12:00 PM
Issue Project Room
22 Boerum Place
Brooklyn NY
Love in 1980s Korea
Kyung-sook Shin
When Kyung-sook Shin released Please Look After Mom in 2009, it was an international sensation, selling some two million copies. Her seventh novel, I’ll Be Right There, is a coming-of-age story set in South Korea’s turbulent 1980s. Her work explores the intersections of family duty, romance, and historical upheaval, marked by sparse prose and intense,...
June 5, 2014
6:30 PM
The Korea Society
950 Third Avenue, 8th floor
New York
Debut Ball: Reading, Pinata, Dance
Sally Wen Mao, R.A. Villanueva, Tarfia Faizullah, Cathy Linh Che
2014 will go down as an historic year for poetry. We're feting Sally Wen Mao's debut Mad Honey Symposium. Dave Eggers likes its "gritty, world-wise sense of humor that gives her work heavyweight swagger.” Also just released: Cathy Linh Che's Split, a tender exploration of  war, diaspora, and violence, and Tarfia Faizullah's Seam, based on interviews with women...
May 30, 2014
8:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York NY
Noir, Neon, Karaoke, Crime
Henry Chang
Come for the drink specials, Wong Kar-wai-esque neon lighting, and writer Henry Chang reading from his new book Death Money. Stay for the karaoke. Part of Chang's Detective Jack Yu series, Death Money takes us from the benevolent associations of Chinatown to the take-out restaurants, strip clubs, and underground gambling establishments of the Bronx, to...
May 15, 2014
6:30 PM
Asia Roma
40 Mulberry Street
New York NY
The Margins and Open City Fellowships - Information Session
the editors of The Margins and Open City
In case you missed it, we're now accepting applications for two different fellowships at AAWW associated with our online magazines, Open City and The Margins.
May 8, 2014
6:30 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27 Street, Ste. 600
New York NY 10001
Metropole II: Rats and Comedy
Amitava Kumar, Uday Prakash, Valeria Luiselli, Jason Grunebaum moderated by Jonathan Shainin
Sometimes the only way into the heart of a city, with its layers of history and teeming populace, is through the overlooked detail, the back-alley tale, the surreal. In A Matter of Rats, Amitava Kumar offers a sensitive portrait of his hometown Patna, using city's rat infestation as a entry...
May 7, 2014
7:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York
Metropole I: Old Colony, New Capital
Rana Dasgupta, Teju Cole
Two writers explore metropolises they have known for years, finding them changed, expanding, dangerous, lively. Rana Dasgupta’s Capital: The Eruption of Delhi takes a personal, journalistic account of the deep contradictions in the expanding city, from its new billionaires to the slums surrounding them. In Every Day is for the Thief, Teju Cole’s...
May 3, 2014
3:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, 6th floor
New York
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