Viet Thanh Nguyen Interviewed by Michael Collier

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s short story collection The Refugees was selected as the University of Maryland’s First Year Book for 2018-19, and as part of a two-day series of events launching a “Year of Immigration” initiative at UMD, Michael Collier, Director of the Creative Writing Program, interviewed the Pulitzer-prize winning author and critic. The hour-long public [Continue Reading…]

Interview: Kay Ulanday Barrett by Laura Kina

On November 16, 2016, I talked with poet Kay Ulanday Barrett about their book When the Chant Comes: Poems 2003-2016 (Topside Press, 2016). Kay or K. aka @brownroundboi self-identifies as navigating the world as a “disabled pin@yamerikan transgender queer.” Conducted just days after the 2016 Presidential election and in the wake of the summer 2016 Pulse [Continue Reading…]

Interview: Naomi Hirahara and Ed Lin by Jinny Huh and Betsy Huang

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…]

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…]

Outside the Box: Creating a Space for Mixed Race Identity – An Interview with Cat Thompson

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.

Mixed Student Union: An Interview with Jasmine Williams

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.

Ordinary Guy (Afro-Filipino): An Interview with Joe Bataan

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…]

Projects with Afghan-American Writers/Artists: Gazelle Samizay

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…]

Projects by Afghan-American Writers/Artists: Leila Nadir

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…]

Projects by Afghan-American Writers/Artists: Zohra Saed

[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…]