October 2016 When Earl Derr Biggers created the first Asian American literary detective, Charlie Chan, in the 1920s, he did so in contrast to the Yellow Peril depictions of Asians and Asian Americans that dominated American media at the time. Biggers’s creation resulted in the emergence of an “amiable” Chinese American detective hero whose legendary [Continue Reading…]
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…]
by Cat Thompson, Tyrone Nagai, and Miles Tsue As part of Asian American Literary Review’s Mixed Race Initiative, psychologist Cat Thompson was interviewed by Tyrone Nagai about her experience of creating a weekly forum for bi/multiracial students, staff, and faculty at the University of California, San Diego. Miles Tsue performed the music.
By Jasmine Williams and Tyrone Nagai As part of the digital resources of Asian American Literary Review’s Mixed Race Initiative, Jasmine Williams, chair of the Mixed Student Union at the University of California, San Diego, agreed to be interviewed by Tyrone Nagai.
By Tyrone Nagai and Joe Bataan As part of Asian American Literary Review’s Mixed Race Initiative, Joe Bataan spoke to Tyrone Nagai about his life and career as the Afro-Filipino “King of Latin Soul” music. Video animation and editing were done by Anel Aguilar. Interview and research assistance was provided by Nelson Nagai. The songs [Continue Reading…]
Interview with Gazelle Samizay, conducted by Leila Nadir and Zohra Saed Gazelle Samizay was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and now resides in Los Angeles. Her photographs and videos have been exhibited across the US and internationally, including Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Pakistan, U.A.E and the UK. In addition to her studio practice, she has [Continue Reading…]
Interviewed by Zohra Saed Leila Nadir is an Afghan-American artist, critic, scholar, memoirist, and co-founder of the art/theory ecoarttech collaborative, which recently completed a commission for the Whitney Museum of American Art. She earned her PhD in literature from Columbia University in 2009 and was Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at Wellesley College in 2010-2011. In [Continue Reading…]
[cincopa AgIAyS7nskCV] Interview with Zohra Saed, conducted by Leila Nadir. Leila Nadir: What was your childhood like growing up mixed race? What were the challenges and the blessings? Zohra Saed: “You ain’t nuthin but a skinny little chink” was scrawled in my 5th grade autograph book, which was something we got to have our friends [Continue Reading…]
Interview with Mir Tamim Ansary, conducted by Leila Nadir. Mir Tamim Ansary is the author of Games without Rules: The Often-Interrupted History of Afghanistan, Destiny Disrupted and West of Kabul, East of New York, among other books. For ten years he wrote a monthly column for Encarta.com and has published essays and commentary in the [Continue Reading…]
Interview with Ariana Delawari, conducted by Zohra Saed Ariana Delawari is a multi-media artist. She is a musician, director, actress, and photographer. Delawari’s critically acclaimed album Lion of Panjshir was recorded in both Kabul and Los Angeles and was partially produced and mixed by filmmaker David Lynch. A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, [Continue Reading…]