Local/Express: Asian American Arts and Community in 90s NYC

Local/Express: Asian American Arts and Community in 90s NYC

“Everywhere you turned something was going up…a new project…a new organization. Movement was everywhere,” says Curtis Chin, founder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, of New York City in the ‘90s. Suddenly Asian Americans could do things in the arts; suddenly they could raise flags as Asian Americans. Looking back decades later, we can see those flags as markers of a crucially important moment in Asian American and New York City history.

This anthology considers what was changing, how, and why: the burgeoning of the post-1965 population; the challenges faced by the arts community, post-NEA backlash; the rise of LGBT politics; the rise of community workshop spaces alongside MFA programs; the rise of new technologies. Featuring seminal work from the ‘90s paired with new reflections about the confluence of arts, activism, and community and the legacies of this cultural moment.

Edited by Curtis Chin, Terry Hong (creator of SI BookDragon), and Parag Khandhar (community builder and lawyer).

Contributors include David Henry Hwang, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Kimiko Hahn, Eric Gamalinda, Tina Chang, Jeff Yang, and many more.

Important for all those interested in urban history, art history, New York City community organizing and arts development, Asian American history, Asian American cultural identity, Asian American literature, Asian American visual arts, and Asian American film and theater.

See the Local/Express: Asian American Arts and Community in 90s NYC Table of Contents.

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