How translating the writings of a former Malayan Communist Party member changed me
Transgressing spatial and temporal bounds through the image
A researcher visits the UK National Archives in search of Malaya.
Three artistic works, recently showcased in Kuala Lumpur and beyond, suggest why it matters that we think about the history of the Malayan Emergency in concert with the contemporary COVID-19 and climate emergencies
Reimagining the Malayan Emergency
Meekness. Meekness. Meekness.
A brief history lesson on the fourteen-year military-backed dictatorship in the Philippines
On the urgency of remembering the fourteen years of Ferdinand E. Marcos, Sr.’s military-backed dictatorship in the Philippines
Fifteen pieces on history and the past
Bangladesh, 1971—an excerpt from In Sensorium
On the past and present of finding and sharing Asian diasporic literature
I’m often the outsider-insider and sometimes a bridge.
You want more than the count of their lives lost
When you are a descendant of indenture, even the violence of the colonial archive presents the seduction of finding.
How our writers have helped us name, respond to, and imagine beyond the politics of the past four years
Let it be known this country has a memory / Let it be known the news called this / “Unrest in America” / as if for four hundred years / America’s been resting just fine
Delivered on Inauguration Day 2017
Karen Ishizuka’s ‘Serve the People’ tells the story of a radical period in Asian American activism, and compels us to ask, where does that lead us now?
As Election Day approaches, remembering the story of my parents’ immigrant survival, from Japanese internment to community activism, proves more important than ever.
Cha, chai or te? A Richmond Hill family’s multiple ways of preparing what Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu called “the elixir of life.”
Gene Oishi, author of the novel Fox Drum Bebop, reflects on the Japanese American story beyond the wartime experience.
Poet Don Mee Choi discusses the myth of fluency and what happens when translation is allowed to be hysterical
When Flushing was a neighborhood of European immigrants in the 1940s, Pearl Chow’s was one of the sole Asian families there.
I will float down the stream / until it ends. / Until it ends, the mines avoid me.
Killed by the Gestapo 70 years ago, today, special agent Noorunisa Inayat Khan inspires with messages in code. A reflection and poem.
Yuri’s indefatigable effort to build solidarity among all activists and oppressed people is what many will likely see as the hallmark of her legacy.
An interview with author Phong Nguyen on his latest book, Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History
On the centenntial of its founding, a short history of the Ghadr Party, and the ghosts that live on
A photojournalist returns to his ancestral home to capture what is left of a long history of migration between China and the US.
An excerpt from Sinan Antoon’s novel, “The Corpse Washer”
“Nut was hungry. Nut had to move.” Originally self-published in 1935, this hallucinatory, quasi-experimental novel follows the peripatetic musings of a young man throughout a single day in Depression-era New York.
Poet and journalist Luis H. Francia journeys through Japan, bearing witness to the devastation wrought by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami—and to the creativity arising from these very areas.