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

Monday, February 10, 2014  6:00pm 420 Hamilton Hall

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Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race

Heyman Center for the Humanities

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU

"Everywhere you turned something was going up…a new project…a new organization. Movement was everywhere,” says Curtis Chin, co-founder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, of New York City in the ‘90s. A new generation of Asian Americans, post-1965, was kicking things up, building community while finding their individual voices. Looking back decades later, we can see those flags as markers of a crucially important moment in Asian-American and New York City history. The anthology Local/Express considers what was changing, how, and why in the '90s in NYC. The title features seminal work from the ‘90s paired with new reflections about the confluence of arts, activism, and community, as welll as the legacies of this cultural moment. Come join us as we celebrate the release of this exciting new anthology, from the publishers of the Asian American Literary Review. The evening includes readings by contributors Marie G. Lee, Sung Rno, Monique Truong, and Swati Marquez and Chin. The host for the evening is co-editor Terry Hong.

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