The Asian American Literary Review is a space for writers who consider the designation “Asian American” a fruitful starting point for artistic vision and community. In showcasing the work of established and emerging writers, the journal aims to incubate dialogues and, just as importantly, open those dialogues to regional, national, and international audiences of all constituencies. We select work that is, as Marianne Moore once put it, “an expression of our needs…[and] feeling, modified by the writer’s moral and technical insights.” Published biannually, AALR features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, translations, comic art, interviews, and book reviews.



Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis
Gerald Maa

Assistant Editors

Tyrone Nagai
Alicia Upano


Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis
Gerald Maa
Larry Shinagawa

Advisory Editorial Board

Peter Bacho
Lan Cao
Tina Chang
Alexander Chee
Ru Freeman
Suji Kwock Kim
Timothy Liu
Kyoko Mori
David Mura
Ruth Ozeki
Andrew X. Pham
Srikanth Reddy
Vijay Seshadri
Arthur Sze
Eileen Tabios
Karen Tei Yamashita
Jeffrey Yang
C. Dale Young

Advisory Council

David Henry Hwang
Russell Leong
Don T. Nakanishi
Franklin Odo
Linda Trinh Vo
David K. Yoo
Helen Zia


Ronald F. Barbagallo Jr.

Editorial Assistant

Betsy M. Yuen
Douglas Sadao Ishii