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. 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.
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S******e Country Clubs by Nina Sharma
We’re very excited to bring you an audio long read of “S******e Country Clubs” an essay by Nina Sharma, published in The Margins and recently named an Editor’s Pick at Longreads. “S******e Country Clubs” is a hilarious and critical essay about Trump's New Jersey country club — the very golf club where he recently infected everyone with Covid-19 — and Indian weddings.
READ the original essay here in The Margins: https://aaww.org/s******e-country-clubs/
The Sweat of Love & the Fire of Truth with Akwaeke Emezi, Elizabeth Acevedo, & Sophia Hussain
AAWW is thrilled to celebrate the launch of Akwaeke Emezi’s new book THE DEATH OF VIVEK OJI and the recent release of Elizabeth Acevedo’s CLAP WHEN YOU LAND and WRITE YOURSELF A LANTERN: A JOURNAL INSPIRED BY THE POET X. The two authors read from their new works and have a moderated conversation with writer and Berkeley Center for New Media Events Coordinator Sophia Hussain.
Good Talks with Tina Chang & Mira Jacob
Tina Chang and Mira Jacob join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop to celebrate the paperback releases of their books Hybrida and Good Talk. Following a reading from their work, they will speak to the intersections of their experiences and creative practices, discussing race, motherhood, and hybrid storytelling structures.
Translating Letters for Black Lives - Asian Americana
We are reposting a recent episode of the podcast Asian Americana exploring the layers of linguistic and cultural nuance of translating the Letters for Black Lives, a crowdsourced effort to create and translate multilingual and culturally-aware resources for communities to have discussions about anti-Blackness.
We collected process notes from several translator-contributors to make visible some of the complexity of this project. You can check out these translator notes now at aaww.org.
Burial is Beginning: K-Ming Chang & Franny Choi
AAWW hosted the launch for K-Ming Chang’s debut novel, Bestiary, with a reading and conversation with K-Ming and Franny Choi. Exploring the ways writing about girlhood can reinvent our definitions of community and lineage, and the ways we can grapple with and imagine beyond threats of violence that often shape daughterhood, this conversation delves into family and queer girlhood as a generative space of resistance and reinvention, monstrousness and memory.
Global Chinatowns: Histories of Resistance & Community
Is Chinatown home for you? On this episode we discuss displacement, migration, resilience and grassroots organizing in Chinatowns around the world with curators and organizers Mei Lum, Diane Wong, and Huiying B. Chan, whose collective work draws from four years of ethnographic research and oral history interviews that span nine countries and 13 cities.
Visit the exhibit virtually here: hhttps://bcnc.net/events/homeward-bound-exhibition
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love aaww and this podcast forever!!!!!!!!!!!!
you’re really missing some Good Content if you’re not listening to this podcast!!
Excellent and desperately needed podcast
I’ve felt for some time now that the world desperately needs more thoughtful, critical discussion by and for Asian Americans, so I’m just thrilled about this show from AAWW. Every episode is excellent, always insightful and intelligent, and often quite fun and funny as well. Great show!