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…]

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…]