Literature

AAWW Radio: New Asian American Writers & Literature

Asian American Writers' Workshop

AAWW Radio is the podcast of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, a national nonprofit dedicated to the idea that Asian American stories deserve to be told. Listen to AAWW Radio and you’ll hear selected audio from our current and past events. We’ve hosted established writers like Claudia Rankine, Maxine Hong Kingston, Roxane Gay, Amitav Ghosh, and Hanya Yanagihara, as well as more emerging writers like Ocean Vuong, Solmaz Sharif, and Jenny Zhang. Our events are intimate and intellectual, quirky yet curated, dedicated to social justice but with a sense of humor and weirdness. We curate our events to juxtapose novelists and activists, poets and intellectuals, and bring together people who usually wouldn’t be in the same room. We’ve got it all: from avant-garde poetry to post-colonial politics, feminist comics to lyric verse, literary fiction to dispatches from the racial justice left. AAWW Radio features curated audio from the literary events we hold weekly in our New York City reading room, a legendary downtown art space that hosted Jhumpa Lahiri’s first book party and where Junot Díaz used to play Super Nintendo. Founded in 1991, AAWW is an alternative literary arts space working at the intersection of race, migration, and social justice. A sanctuary for the immigrant imagination, we’re inventing the future of Asian American literary culture. Learn more by visiting aaww.org. Produced by the Asian American Writers' Workshop.

Episodes

AAWW Radio Podcast Teaser
02:35
2017-11-20 18:26:31 UTC 02:35
AAWW Radio Podcast Teaser

AAWW Radio is the podcast of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, a national nonprofit dedicated to the idea that Asian American stories deserve to be told. Listen to AAWW Radio and you’ll hear selected audio from our live events. We’ve hosted established writers like Claudia Rankine, Maxine Hong Kingston, Roxane Gay, Amitav Ghosh, and Hanya Yanagihara, as well as more emerging writers like Ocean Vuong, Solmaz Sharif, and Jenny Zhang. Our events are intimate and intellectual, quirky yet curated, dedicated to social justice but with a sense of humor and weirdness. We curate our events to juxtapose novelists and activists, poets and intellectuals, and bring together people who usually wouldn’t be in the same room. We’ve got it all: from avant-garde poetry to post-colonial politics, feminist comics to lyric verse, literary fiction to dispatches from the racial justice left. AAWW Radio features curated audio from the literary events we hold weekly in our New York City reading room, a legendary downtown art space that hosted Jhumpa Lahiri’s first book party and where Junot Díaz used to play Super Nintendo. Founded in 1991, AAWW is an alternative literary arts space working at the intersection of race, migration, and social justice. A sanctuary for the immigrant imagination, we’re inventing the future of Asian American literary culture. Learn more by visiting aaww.org.

Our first episode will be dropping some time in November, and we'll be releasing weekly episodes after our launch. Hit the subscribe button for immediate updates!

 

This podcast is produced by our AV Producer Robert Ouyang Rusli. This teaser episode is narrated by Nadia Q. Ahmad, writer and former AAWW Programs Associate.

Searching for Home (ft. Alia Malek, Dina Nayeri, Rami Karim, and Roja Heydarpour)
01:34:53
2017-12-14 08:30:13 UTC 01:34:53
Searching for Home (ft. Alia Malek, Dina Nayeri, Rami Karim, and Roja Heydarpour)

Novelist Dina Nayeri, journalist Alia Malek, and poet Rami Karim's work surrounds Middle East politics, revolution, and the refugee experience. You may have read Iranian-American novelist Dina Nayeri’s viral story in The Guardian, “The Ungrateful Refugee: We Have No Debt to Pay.” She reads from her book Refuge, a powerful story of a daughter who leaves Iran, but leaves her father behind. Syrian-American journalist Alia Malek returned to Damascus to live in her grandfather’s home–just as the Syrian conflict started. She writes about it in The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria. They read with AAWW Margins Fellow Rami Karim, the author of lyric poems set against the Civil War in Lebanon. This mashup of poetry, fiction, and memoir speaks to the complex nature of home: a place that elusively remains in flux through return and exile. This event is moderated and introduced by AAWW Muslim Community Fellow Roja Heydarpour.

Watch the video for Searching for Home here.

Music by Robert Rusli & Lu Yang. 

http://aaww.org

Refugee Requiem (ft. Bao Phi, Patrick Rosal, Sokunthary Svay)
56:44
2017-12-14 08:30:13 UTC 56:44
Refugee Requiem (ft. Bao Phi, Patrick Rosal, Sokunthary Svay)

Poets Patrick Rosal, Bao Phi, and Sokunthary Svay confront nationalist mythology with lyrical odes to the America we struggle against, and the one being built through struggle. Patrick Rosal—who the Academy of American Poets honored for writing the best book of poetry of the year—uncovers forgotten multi-racial histories through his family’s journey from the Phillipines to Brooklyn. Bao Phi and Sokunthary Svay trace their arrival into Minneapolis and the Bronx as refugees. They speak into existence defiant new American imaginaries, inspired by hip hop and the invisible Asian American urban poor. This event is briefly introduced by musician Taiyo Na.

Watch the video for Refugee Requiem here

Music by Robert Rusli & Lu Yang. 

http://aaww.org

 

The Face (ft. Ruth Ozeki and Tash Aw)
01:20:37
2017-12-14 08:30:13 UTC 01:20:37
The Face (ft. Ruth Ozeki and Tash Aw)

Authors Ruth Ozeki and Tash Aw read from their contributions to an innovative new series from Restless books titled THE FACE, which asks writers to offer a guided tour of that most intimate terrain: their own faces. Afterwards they have a conversation with AAWW Executive Director Ken Chen.   In Ruth Ozeki’s piece A Time Code, she provides a Buddhist meditation of the second-by-second experience of the author watching her own face. Tash Aw’s Strangers on a Pier gives the reader--in the words of Yiyun Li--“whirlwind personal history of modern Asia, as told through his Malaysian and Chinese heritage.”   Music by Robert Rusli and Lu Yang

AAWW Radio Podcast Teaser
02:35
2017-12-14 08:30:13 UTC 02:35
AAWW Radio Podcast Teaser

AAWW Radio is the podcast of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, a national nonprofit dedicated to the idea that Asian American stories deserve to be told. Listen to AAWW Radio and you’ll hear selected audio from our live events. We’ve hosted established writers like Claudia Rankine, Maxine Hong Kingston, Roxane Gay, Amitav Ghosh, and Hanya Yanagihara, as well as more emerging writers like Ocean Vuong, Solmaz Sharif, and Jenny Zhang. Our events are intimate and intellectual, quirky yet curated, dedicated to social justice but with a sense of humor and weirdness. We curate our events to juxtapose novelists and activists, poets and intellectuals, and bring together people who usually wouldn’t be in the same room. We’ve got it all: from avant-garde poetry to post-colonial politics, feminist comics to lyric verse, literary fiction to dispatches from the racial justice left. AAWW Radio features curated audio from the literary events we hold weekly in our New York City reading room, a legendary downtown art space that hosted Jhumpa Lahiri’s first book party and where Junot Díaz used to play Super Nintendo. Founded in 1991, AAWW is an alternative literary arts space working at the intersection of race, migration, and social justice. A sanctuary for the immigrant imagination, we’re inventing the future of Asian American literary culture. Learn more by visiting aaww.org.

Our first episode will be dropping some time in November, and we'll be releasing weekly episodes after our launch. Hit the subscribe button for immediate updates!

 

This podcast is produced by our AV Producer Robert Ouyang Rusli. This teaser episode is narrated by Nadia Q. Ahmad, writer and former AAWW Programs Associate.