Join us on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00pm for a presentation of Where Are You From?: An Anthology of Asian American Writing.
Where Are You From? is a collection of personal essays, fiction, poetry, and visual arts created by established artists and emerging voices in the Asian American community. It was a Finalist for the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Self-Published Book and will be presented by contributors Byron Wong, Val & Doug Katagiri, Polo Catalani and filmmaker Curtis Choy.
Inspired by the all-too-common question asked of Asian Americans from “fresh off the boat” immigrants to multigenerational native born citizens, Where Are You From? explores the diverse geographies of Asian American experience from the personal to the political and all points between.
Notable submissions include work by former Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Inada; writings by documentary filmmaker Curtis Choy and popular authors Andrew Lam and Matthew Salesses; a critical look at the suicide of Iris Chang by Professor Darrell Hamamoto; an interview with Iris Chang's mother, Ying-Ying Chang; poems and stories by Hawaiian "Pidgin Guerrilla" Lee Tonouchi; Dmae Roberts’ personal reflections about her brother and hoarding; Nicholas Hartlep’s autobiographical essay about his experiences as a transracial adoptee in the US; Roberta May Wong’s provocative art installations about identity and belonging; companion essays by Simon Tam and Ben Efsanem debating the politics of Simon's band The Slants; and many others.