“Selfie” and “Complicated”: Two Poems
Two poems by abolitionist-activist-academic-artist June Kuoch seek to navigate the corporality of the trans Asiatic body, love, and justice, asking: What does it mean for an object to object? Do we regain our own humanity?
“Human beings are magical. Bios and Logos. Words made flesh, muscle and bone animated by hope and desire, belief materialized in deeds, deeds which crystallize our actualities”…
Here to Make NICE and Changes to the Asian American Canon
Writer, actor, and filmmaker Naomi Ko expands the conversation on representation in media, asking what it means to create a TV show about your home and community when the world doesn’t believe you’re from there—and what it means to create for your community when parts of your community do not accept your work.
Naomi Ko. Photo: Katherina Vang.…
The United States of Han
Poet Su Hwang digs into the
influence of han in her Korean lineage, the kickassery of untranslatable words into English,
and the toxicity of white gatekeeping in the arts––and ultimately delivers an ode to crazy dreams coming true anyway.
My mom and me. Photo by Hwang family, courtesy of Su Hwang. …
does this mean i’m a real artist now?
Artist-educator heather c. lou documents a year of transition from Oakland to Minneapolis, illuminating how artistic process is intimately affected by personal and professional lives, and sharing the search for voice and healing in a white supremacist environment.
summeri moved from Oakland to Minneapolis in 2016. everybody in my life seemed concerned with this life decision:“Are you sure this is a good idea?”“Isn’t it…cold…there? The weather and the people?”…
Experience Is Expertise
Artist, poet, and scholar Simi Kang reframes the notion of expertise, examining which stories we are allowed to retain from our ancestors, what qualifies as a “valid” story, how institutions tell stories for us, and how we tell stories about and for ourselves.
When Saymoukda asked me to write for this incredible series, I struggled to find a center for the piece. While I make visual art and poetry, my primary art these days is writing in service to my Ph.D.…
To Come Back to Love: Reminders for Making Visible the Invisible
Filmmaker Xiaolu Wang shares a love letter to her collaborators, revealing the complex dynamics of friendship, family, and internalized oppression that arise through the practical and emotional labor of creating an autobiographical film.
At a screening outside of the Hosmer library organized by Central Neighborhood Association. Photo: Ann Silver.…
The Ethics of Writing About Throwaway Women
Writer and performance artist May Lee-Yang speaks back to the critics — advocating for greater specificity in telling Hmong women's stories, proposing a fresh take on the responsibilities of the audience, and considering the role of the artist as bad girl.
Slut.Bitch.Gangster.Bad girl.Bad woman.Itchy cunt.Horny cunt.Woman who ran away.Old vegetables.Leftover human.Dead snake on the side of the road. …
Xee Reiter, Faces. Image courtesy of the artist.