Friday, August 19, 2022

Talk Story with author Tom Peek this Saturday 8/20 1pm HST at Basically Books


Talk Story "You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair Is in Braids" with "Daughters of Fire" author Tom Peek this Saturday 8/20 1pm HST in person Basically Books new new location (across from Ben Franklin) Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii 
https://www.facebook.com/events/297885229198441/

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Friday, August 12, 2022

1990 Institute Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 16 How can education and data help us make connections across cultures and history?

My essay and curated news section for 1990 Institute Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 16 which asks How can education and data help us make connections across cultures and history?
My daughter and I just spent two days in Honolulu going to museums and eating Asian food. We go to the Bishop Museum one day and the Honolulu Museum of Art the next. We drive past Iolani Palace, the King Kamehameha statue, and the old Chinatown. We eat Japanese and Korean pastries, dim sum, Japanese sandos, Korean tacos, Singaporean laksa, and Eggs Benedict and Spam.

We have a great time and never even make it to the beach.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Ann Arbor 40th commemoration of Vincent Chin's killing with poetry, film, panel discussion at MI Theater

Thank you to CultureVerse, Synecdoche, and Do Good Work for sponsoring this showing of "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" at the Michigan Theater on June 23, 2022, for the 40th commemoration of Vincent Chin's brutal hate crime killing. Thanks to everyone that was able to come out, donated to the cause, and supported. I read poems by me, Bryan Thao Worra, and Ravi Shankar. We watched the film. Then we had a great panel discussion with Manan Desai of UMich (moderator), Chien-An Yuan of IS/LAND, Dim Mang of Rising Voices, and me with my book project (thanks Knight Foundation, CultureSource, Ann Arbor Area Foundation).

Monday, August 8, 2022

Despite state efforts to protect abortion access, Asian Americans in Michigan still see obstacles | PBS NewsHour

My article for PBS NewsHour

After the Roe ruling, advocates in Michigan and beyond are concerned about how the decision will affect the maternal and reproductive health care of Asian Americans, which is layered with cultural attitudes toward abortion and barriers to the procedure itself.

Despite state efforts to protect abortion access, Asian Americans in Michigan still see obstacles | PBS NewsHour

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Big Island Talk Story at Basically Books Aug 20



Next reading on Big Island, Hilo side! and in conversation with Tom Peek, author of Daughters of Fire

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang Talk Story
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2022 AT 1 PM HST, in person and outdoors
Basically Books, 334 Kilauea Ave., Hilo, Hawaii (new location across from Ben Franklin)

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang Talk Story | Facebook

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Tonight! Poetry Night with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang and friends | Nicola's Books

Tonight! 7/26/2022 7pm Nicolas books with the great Carlina Duan and Zilka Joseph!
Poetry Night with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang and friends | Nicola's Books

Jul 26 2022 - 7:00pm
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann ArborMI 48103

Celebrate Ann Arbor Poets with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang and friends

We are honored to present three Asian-American poets in celebration of Frances Kai-Hwa Wang’s new book of essays. Enjoy a poetry filled hour in-store with readings and discussion. We are so excited to welcome them as one of our first in-person events in over two years.

Let us know you are coming by registering HERE

About the Book

In the aftermath of a messy divorce, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang writes in the hope of beginning to build a new life with four children, bossy aunties, unreliable suitors, and an uncertain political landscape. The lyric essays in You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair Is in Braids deftly navigate the space between cultures and reflect on lessons learned from both Asian American elders and young multiracial children, punctuated by moments rich with cultural and linguistic nuance. In her prologue, Wang explains, Buddhists say that suffering comes from unsatisfied desire, so for years I tried to close the door to desire. I was so successful, I not only closed the door, I locked it, barred it, nailed it shut, then stacked a bunch of furniture in front of it. And now that door is open, wide open, and all my insides are spilling out.

Full of current events of the day and #HashtagsOfTheMoment, the topics in the collection are wide ranging, including cooking food to show love, surviving Chinese School, being an underpaid lecturer, defending against yellow dildos, navigating immigration issues, finding love in a time of elections, crying with children separated from their parents at the border, charting the landscape of frugal/hoarder elders during the pandemic, witnessing COVID-inspired anti-Asian American violence while reflecting on the death of Vincent Chin, teaching her sixteen-year-old son to drive after the deaths of Trayvon Martin and George Floyd, and trusting the power of writing herself into existence. Within these lyric essays, some of which are accompanied by artwork and art installations, Wang finds the courage and hope to speak out for herself and for an entire generation of Asian American women.

A notable work in the landscape of Asian American literature as well as Midwest and Michigan-based literature, You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair Is in Braids features a clear and powerful voice that brings all people together in these political and pandemic times.

Order your copy here:  https://www.nicolasbooks.com/book/9780814349410

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About the Author(s): 

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a poet, artist, essayist, and activist focused on issues of Asian America, race, justice, and the arts. Her writing has appeared at PBS NewsHour, NBCAsianAmerica, PRI GlobalNation, Cha Asian Literary Journal, Kartika Review, Drunken Boat. She teaches Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies at University of Michigan and creative writing at Washtenaw Community College. She co-created a multimedia artwork for Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. She is a 2019 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit artist. Her book of poetry, “You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair Is in Braids,” is just out at Wayne State University Press. Franceskaihwawang.com @fkwang

Books:  You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair Is in Braids,” Wayne State University Press; and contributor to Rise (Harper Collins 2021) 

CARLINA DUAN is a writer-educator from Ann Arbor, and the author of the poetry collections I Wore My Blackest Hair (Little A, 2017) and Alien Miss (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2021). She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the University of Michigan's Joint Program in English and Education. Among many things, she loves river walks, snail mail, and being a sister.

Books: I Wore My Blackest Hair (Little A, 2017) and Alien Miss (University of Wisconsin Press, 2021). I will be reading from Alien Miss.

ZILKA JOSEPH moved to the US from Kolkata, India in 1997, and Michigan has been her home since 2000. This is where she reconnected with writing  poetry, and began publishing books. She is working on a new manuscript, and a set of poems based on the Vedas that will accompany an Indian classical dance performance. Her website is www.zilkajoseph.com and She’s available on Facebook. Books: In Our Beautiful Bones (Mayapple Press, 2021), Sparrows and Dust (Ridgeway Press, 2021), Sharp Blue Search of Flame (Wayne State Univ Press), Lands I Live In ( Mayapple Press)