Dispatches from the Symposium: Douglas S. Ishii

The Coherent Incoherence of Asian American Difference By Douglas S. Ishii Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program Director Konrad Ng thanked the artists and authors of “Asian American Portraits of Encounter Between Image and Word” via remote introduction for their work that “sustains narratives critical to understanding the Asian American experience.”7 The term “Asian American” here [Continue Reading…]

After the Symposium: From Korean to KYOPO: Notes for Girls in Transition

Angie Kim on The KYOPO Project   The flight from Seoul to New York is fourteen hours. * Fourteen hours is not enough time to memorize all fifty Essential Phrases in your “All the English You’ll Ever Need!” book. Seven or eight phrases, maybe. Nine, at most. * Holding your pee for fourteen hours because [Continue Reading…]

Symposium Image & Word: Villain/elle: Shimomura Cross Over in the Flat of the Night

Villain/elle: Shimomura Cross Over  in the Flat of the Night Bao Phi,  in response to Roger Shimomura’s  Shimomura Crossing the Delaware   after Dylan Thomas and Lupe Fiasco   Shimo’ cross over in the flat of the night Home of the coolie, displaced Native, land of the slave Paddle over tongues of water, Colonialist’s Delight. [Continue Reading…]

Poetry: Mia Ayumi Malhotra

Mia Ayumi Malhotra Poems   Crossing   Seen from here, your distant dark’s a cut-paper silhouette, spindles wild along the sea’s hem– an endless forgetting. Land springs from the impossible seam between water & sky, our shadows stretch then shorten, smudge the hollows of your face gray with stuck sand, sallow light sucked in eyeholes, [Continue Reading…]

Prose: The Assistant Secretary

Varun Gauri The day began unpleasantly: my brother-in-law won the Nobel Peace Prize. I was sitting in the lobby of the Dresden when my phone rang. Rebecca asked if I was sitting down and then, conspiratorially, “Are you alone?” Apparently, the Norwegian fellow had asked Oscar the same question; and Rebecca couldn’t help but reenact [Continue Reading…]

Fall/Winter 2012: Portraiture

Download a Sampler of the Issue | Order Table of Contents Poetry Chris Santiago Tula Janine Joseph Exchanging Vows Louisa A. Igloria Huevos de Amor Collision Shayok Misha Chowdhury Kali Wakes in the Crematorium Hiromi Itō from Wild Grass on the Riverbank. translated by Jeffrey Angles Mia Ayumi Malhotra Crossing [This kind of morning] This [Continue Reading…]