Spring 2016: The Third Rail

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Table of Contents for The Third Rail Volume 7, Issue 1: Spring 2016   Issues and Subscriptions AALR 7.1 $18.00 USDAALR 7.1 Canada $28.00 USDAALR 7.1 int’l $38.00 USDAALR 2016 subscription $35.00 USDAALR 2016 subscription Canada $55.00 USDAALR 2016 subscription int’l $75.00 USDAALR 2016 institutional subscription $100.00 USD     Table of Contents An Impressionistic [Continue Reading…]

F Sector Plates by Swati Rana

The ocean curved itself around. Beta could see the story of the storm, starting far out to sea on one side and making its way inland. He wrapped his shawl tight. Long tendrils of rain were falling down as the waves rose up to meet them. They looked like a giant octopus coming ashore. As [Continue Reading…]

Open in Emergency: A Special Issue on Asian American Mental Health

 A Special Issue on Asian American Mental Health   For some time we’ve agreed there’s a crisis of Asian American mental health–see the alarming and oft-cited CDC reports on Asian American suicide and suicidal ideation rates. But beyond these statistics, we haven’t agreed on the breadth of the crisis, what constitutes it, what contributes to [Continue Reading…]

Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11 (Student Page)

Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11 Guest Editors: Rajini Srikanth & Parag Khandhar 9/11 Anniversary E-Issue 9/11 Anniversary E-Issue $10.00 USD On the ten-year anniversary of September 11th, experts of every camp and affiliation will compete to dictate its legacies for our collective memory. The danger isn’t simply that the loudest voices will dominate—it’s [Continue Reading…]

How to Bury Your Dead by Amin Ahmad

Your grandmother dies one muggy May afternoon in Connecticut, six thousand miles away from her beloved apartment in Calcutta, India. She dies alone in a hospital room. Your moon-faced grandmother is not wearing the crisp white widow’s sari that she has always worn. She has removed the ivory bangle that she wears to help her [Continue Reading…]

Fiction Review by Jessica Man

The Three Body Problem. Liu Cixin. translated by Ken Liu. New York: Tor Books. 400 pp. The Dark Forest. Liu Cixin. translated by Joel Martinsen. New York: Tor Books. 512 pp.   The first installment of Remembrances of Earth’s Past, The Three Body Problem, crossed the Pacific in 2014. Authored by one of China’s premier science fiction writers, Liu [Continue Reading…]

The Order of Things by C. Dale Young

There were many things Alejandro Castillo did not know. For a start, he did not know his given name or the people who were his parents. In this, he was one who embraced mystery not because he had that special talent but because he had no choice. When Father Guillermo Rojas found him on the streets of that [Continue Reading…]

Yiyun Li Interviewed by Terry Hong

To become a writer, Yiyun Li left behind everything familiar: her birth country (China), her first language (Mandarin), her family (parents and sister), her scientific training (immunology), and her PhD degree (University of Iowa). On the other side of the world, she switched into the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and began writing in English. In the same year she earned [Continue Reading…]

Letter to Carlos Bulosan, September 2015

  Dear Carlos— To get from Tacoma, where I live, to your gravesite in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, entails a drive of thirty-eight miles. Halfway between Tacoma and Seattle is the Southcenter Mall. Seafood City, a supermarket that primarily caters to Filipinos, anchors one arm of the mall’s [Continue Reading…]