Interview: Ken Liu

AALR proudly presents a new series of interviews with four young Asian American writers of speculative fiction: Ken Liu, E. Lily Yu, Charles Yu, and Ted Chiang.  All under 45, these writers have amassed numerous major science fiction and literary award nominations and awards–evidence of their ability to bridge the parallel universes of speculative and [Continue Reading…]

Mixed Race Initiative

SPECIAL ISSUE ON MIXED RACE Four members of the great initiative team, clockwise from top left: Tyrone Nagai, Art Director; Melissa Poulsen, Project Coordinator; Emilio Eusebio, Student Intern-Editor; and Michele Troutman, Student Intern-Editor. Thanks to political organizing, scholarship, and the arts, not to mention media coverage, mixed race has become hyper-visible. So what’s next? AALR’s [Continue Reading…]

Interview: Miguel Syjuco

Miguel Syjuco Interviewed by Brian Ascalon Roley Miguel Syjuco’s novel Ilustrado won the MAN Asian Prize before it was even published and was eventually released in the U.S. to wide press coverage and acclaim.   In the interviews that followed in the wake of the novel’s publication, Syjuco’s dapper appearance and privileged background were often [Continue Reading…]

Forum: Generations of Asian American Writers

Forum The notion of an “Asian American” literature emerged at the end of the 1960s and the start of the 1970s, when members of a generation just reaching their adulthood began to connect their commitment to left politics with creative expression.   A few short decades later, we find ourselves witnessing a flowering of literature [Continue Reading…]

Prose: An Email to Monique Truong from The New York Times

From: ——————- <———> Date: February 22, 2005 11:59:02 PM GMT+01:00 To: —— Subject: an op-ed Dear Ms. Truong, This might be a long shot, but our eye was caught by an A.P. story out of Hawaii yesterday (that I’m attaching below) that we wondered might provide a good Op-Ed topic for you. We all still [Continue Reading…]

Book Review: Tao Lin’s Richard Yates, Shoplifting at American Apparel, and Bed

By Vaman Tyrone X Richard Yates.   Tao Lin.   New York: Melville House, 2010.   208 pp. Shoplifting from American Apparel.   Tao Lin.   New York: Melville House, 2009.   112 pp. Bed.   Tao Lin.   New York: Melville House, 2007.   278 pp. David Foster Wallace concluded “E Unabus Pluram” with [Continue Reading…]

Join Us in DC! Spoken Word, Happy Hour & the AALR Symposium

DC-area residents and those flocking into town for the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) conference, please join us for three exciting events this week! Wednesday, April 11: Poetry Reading and Talk with Ed Bok Lee and Bao Phi University of Maryland College Park Spoken word artists have been called “historians for the masses,” spoken [Continue Reading…]