Thursday, September 16, 2021

Online! Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival - Chelsea District Library

Online! Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 6:30pm - 7:30pm EDT

Chelsea District Library on Zoom

Join Chinese expert Frances Kai-Hwa Wang to learn more about this special holiday. Discover the history, traditions, and food of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, a Chinese harvest festival occurring this year on September 21. Learn about mooncakes, hear stories of the Moon Lady and the Jade Rabbit, and find out about the real historical event when mooncakes helped save the day.

AGE GROUP: | Teens | Adults | Preregistration required 

Friday, September 10, 2021

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Spoken Word: Spartan Remix MSUnity

I'll be performing spoken word tonight September 9, 2021, 6:00 pm EDT, at Michigan State University 14th Annual Spartan Remix MSUnity Bridge Between Divisions. See you there! 



Sunday, September 5, 2021

Being Human during COVID Book, University of Michigan Press

Just proofed my contribution to this anthology in which University of Michigan scholars ask in real time re What the humanities can teach us about COVID-19, coming soon on University of Michigan Press!

"Being Human during COVID"

Kristin Ann Hass, editor
What the humanities can teach us about COVID-19
A free online version is forthcoming. This open access version made available by University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and the Arts and the Michigan Humanities Collaboratory.

Description
Science has taken center stage during the COVID-19 crisis; scientists named and diagnosed the virus, traced its spread, and worked together to create a vaccine in record time. But while science made the headlines, the arts and humanities were critical in people’s daily lives. As the world went into lockdown, literature, music, and media became crucial means of connection, and historians reminded us of the resonance of the past as many of us heard for the first time about the 1918 influenza pandemic. As the twindemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice, embodied in mass protests following the death of George Floyd and other police-committed violence, tore through the United States, a contested presidential race unfolded, which one candidate described as “a battle for the soul of the nation."

​Being Human During COVID documents the first year of the pandemic in real time, bringing together humanities scholars from the University of Michigan to address what it feels like to be human during the COVID-19 crisis. Over the course of the pandemic, the questions that occupy the humanities—about grieving and publics, the social contract and individual rights, racial formation and xenophobia, ideas of home and conceptions of gender, narrative and representations and power—have become shared life-or-death questions about how human societies work and how culture determines our collective fate. The contributors in this collection draw on scholarly expertise and lived experience to try to make sense of the unfamiliar present in works that range from traditional scholarly essays, to personal essays, to visual art projects. The resulting book is shot-through with fear and dread and frustration and prejudice, and, on a few occasions, with a thrilling sense of hope.

Kristin Ann Hass is Associate Professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan.

Being Human during COVID

Friday, September 3, 2021

As Afghan refugees arrive in the U.S., Southeast Asian American advocates urge more support | PBS NewsHour

My first solo article and video interview at PBS NewsHour!
“The people of Afghanistan deserve the same refuge during the crisis that befalls their country today,” said Quyen Dinh, Executive Director of Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) in a joint statement with Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Asian American Advocacy Fund to urge U.S. officials not to “repeat the mistakes” of the Southeast Asian refugee crisis.


The article was also mentioned on the Sept 3, 2021 broadcast at the 54:20 mark


Saturday, August 28, 2021

CLASS: Upcoming Fall Writing Classes, mostly at WCC

Upcoming Fall Writing Classes, mostly at WCC, mostly on Zoom

Introduction to Publishing
Sunday Sept 26, 2021, 12-2pm EDT, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Continuing Writing Workshop: Finding the Writer Within
10 Sundays Oct 3-Dec 12, 2021 (no class Nov 28), 12-2pm EDT, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Asian American History and Heroes
3 Mondays, Oct 4-18, 2021, 6-8pm EDT, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Dare to Dream Creative Writing Workshop
4 Wednesdays, Oct 6-27, 2021, 6-8pm EDT, Chelsea Adult Learners Institute (ALI), Zoom (Time change)

Writing the Stories of your Life
3 Mondays, Nov 8-22, 2021, 6-8pm EDT, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Writing from the Heart
3 Saturdays Nov 6-20, 2021, 10am-12pm EDT, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Chinese food cultures and traditions
3 Wednesdays, Dec 1-15, 2021, 6-8pm EDT, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Ethical Wills
2 Saturdays, Dec 4-11, 2021, 10am-12pm EDT, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Writing to Save the World
2 Saturdays, Dec 4-11, 2021, 1-3pm EDT, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Fall term New York Writers Workshop?, Zoom

Friday, August 27, 2021

1990 Institute Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 15, Reflections on Afghanistan, Vietnamese American journeys, more

My essay and curated news reader in 1990 Institute Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 15 Aug 27, 2021

How can our end of summer journeys help us better understand our families’ stories and the world?

Friday, August 20, 2021

‘I feel so helpless.’ Afghans in the U.S. worry for friends and family back home | PBS NewsHour

So I unexpectedly ended up covering Afghanistan on my second day at PBS NewsHour. An amazing Communities Initiative team effort. I wrote the two sections here about Michigan. My first article at PBS NewsHour. 

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/i-feel-so-helpless-afghans-in-the-u-s-worry-for-friends-and-family-back-home

And you can see a picture of it in the broadcast 8/20/2021 at 12:33 mark
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/august-20-2021-pbs-newshour-full-episode

It was even shown on the Friday evening broadcast, and my friend, novelist Tom Peek, saw and somehow recognized me from my tiny little author photo scrolling by on their TV, and then sent me a picture...I hadn't even seen it...I love this tiny little picture he sent)



My article was also mentioned on the Broadcast August 20, 2021 – PBS NewsHour full episode | PBS NewsHour at the 12:33 mark

Monday, August 16, 2021

PBS NewsHour Names Three New Reporters for its Communities Initiative | PBS NewsHour

Check out PBS NewHour's cool new project and reporters:
PBS NewsHour today announced three new reporter hires to its cross-platform Communities Initiative, which was launched earlier this year. These new journalists will report from across the country as a part of the project’s mission to expand the scope and reach of NewsHour’s journalism and news team. Each has a deep knowledge of his or her community and a keen interest in bringing often under-told stories to NewsHour’s digital, social and broadcast platforms.

 PBS NewsHour Names Three New Reporters for its Communities Initiative | PBS NewsHour


More re PBS NewsHour Communities Initiative: 
PBS NewsHour today announced the launch of The Communities Initiative, a project to expand the scope and reach of its journalism and news team. The new reporting project will hire journalists with deep knowledge of their communities and a keen interest in bringing often under-told stories to NewsHour’s digital, social and broadcast platforms. This effort will bring six new journalists into NewsHour’s editorial fold and is funded by PBS, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, and 26North Foundation.