Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Teaser from A Melting Pot of Thoughts | 13 Minutes Books

A teaser from my chapter in the upcoming "Miso for Life--A Melting Pot of Thoughts" anthology. Thanks to Mai Xuan Bui. Book launch in December in Orange County.
"As I begin to catch up with the girl's family and round the back corner of the stage, we see him standing alone in the middle of the field, his face somber, formal, his hand raised to his shoulder in salute (like Lucky Cat). He does not move. He holds her gaze as she smiles and her fingers shyly wave back as her family bundles her off towards the car and back to the other side of the island. With her long brown hair and enormous brown eyes, bright white smile set against ruddy brown skin, it is a gaze made for the movies." - Frances Kai-Hwa Wang (Miso for Life, 12/2012)
A Melting Pot of Thoughts | 13 Minutes Books

Sunday, August 26, 2012

from writer Betty Ming Liu on my book

from writer Betty Ming Liu on my book, "Imaginary Affairs--Postcards from an Imagined Life":
Frances, I read your book on the plane going home. You are so brave. Such a romantic too! My favorite line: "What would it mean to have you coursing through the arteries of my life?"

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Book "Imaginary Affairs" available at V3con and Blacklava.net


Just packed 110 copies of my book, "Imaginary Affairs--Postcards from an Imagined Life" into my Hello Kitty suitcase to bring to V3con: V3 Digital Media Conference presented by AAJA-LA! See me and I'll sign it! Otherwise order online from Ryan Suda at Blacklava. An APA lit prof was surprised at the steeliness and fragility and courage she saw there--"that's not the frances i know!" :)

More details and reviews and online purchase information here: 

The Aunties at Temple - NAM EthnoBlog

"I thought I could go to services 9-10 and then cut out quickly to go to the reading from 10-11:30, but there is no escaping the Aunties at temple. The first time we ever went to this temple, they ran out after us into the parking lot and physically pulled the kids out of the car one by one, insisting we stay for lunch."

click here for whole article: The Aunties at Temple - NAM EthnoBlog

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

V3con: connecting, engaging, learning…. | V3 Digital Media Conference presented by AAJA-LA

My Chicago is the World article excerpted for V3con: V3 Digital Media Conference presented by AAJA-LA!
The other night, my daughter crawled into my bed in the middle of the night. Completely asleep, I apparently shouted out, “Go away, stalker!” and “Did you come out of the computer?” Clearly, I have been doing a little too much social media lately. It is time to go to V3con and recharge.
V3con: connecting, engaging, learning…. | V3 Digital Media Conference presented by AAJA-LA

Asian American Bloggers Conference Is Back in L.A. – Rafu Shimpo

Hey, that's my picture in Rafu Shimpo! 
“We’re not just going to wait around to get represented in mainstream media. We’re looking for other avenues to get our voice out there. V3con is a place to share this vision, visibility and voic
e, and to strategize further on how to push the pedal to the medal at full throttle,” said Lac Su, author of “I Love Yous Are for White People” and one of the original founders of the Banana bloggers conference in 2009.
Asian American Bloggers Conference Is Back in L.A. – Rafu Shimpo

Monday, August 20, 2012

Chicago is the World » From Virtual to IRL at the V3 Asian American and Pacific Islander Digital Media Conference

(photograph courtesy of Gil Asakawa)
After the first incarnation of V3con, the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) digital media conference formerly known as Banana, my whole life changed. And I was not even there.
I learned about the Banana 1 conference the week after it occurred through my IMDiversity.com Asian American Village colleague Gil Asakawa’s posts recounting the incredible people he met, the amazing community that came together, the great fun they had. I was so sorry to have missed it, and I started following everyone Gil mentioned.
Then Jeff Yang asked to friend me on Facebook, and I was soon invited into the virtual inner circle of our AAPI digital media community. There I found a safe space and invigorating energy where we could spread news, work through ideas, share our writing, and tell jokes with others who knew the same history, experience, and concerns. My writing began to take off.
Click here for whole article: Chicago is the World » From Virtual to IRL at the V3 Asian American and Pacific Islander Digital Media Conference

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Documentary explores racism against Chinese Americans | Toledo Free Press

Speaking Tuesday, August 21, 2012, in Toledo on Vincent Chin case with Roland Hwang and Vincent Who? showing. Thanks to Errol Lam for invitation. Here's the article about the event in the Toledo Free Press:
Documentary explores racism against Chinese Americans
Written by Brigitta Burks | | BBurks@toledofreepress.com
A local film group will show “Vincent Who?” on Aug. 21 in remembrance of a Chinese-American man murdered in Detroit 30 years ago.
Vincent Chin was beaten to death by Ronald Ebens, a Chrysler plant supervisor, and his stepson, Michael Nitz, after layoffs in the auto industry attributed to Japan’s success. The two were put on probation and received a $3,000 fine with no jail time.
“This kind of stirred [Asian Americans] up and it started a movement that’s important to remember,” said Errol Lam, one of the organizers and a member of the Media Decompression Collective Toledo.
Click here for more: Frances Kai-Hwa Wang | Toledo Newspaper

Friday, August 17, 2012

First 10: A Moment With Frances Kai-Hwa Wang | V3 Digital Media Conference presented by AAJA-LA

First 10: A Moment With Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
V3con is happy to highlight the First 10 People to Register for the conference on August 24-25 in Los Angeles. Prominent blogger Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is one of our Top 10. She is a second-generation Chinese American from California who now divides her time between Michigan and the Big Island of Hawaii. She is a contributor for New America Media’s Ethnoblog, ChicagoistheWorld.org, PacificCitizen.org, and InCultureParent.com. She was the arts and culture editor of IMDiversity.com Asian American Village for many years, and she now team-teaches Asian Pacific American History and the Law at the University of Michigan and University of Michigan Dearborn. Check out her two blogs RememberingVincentChin.com and franceskaihwawang.blogspot.com.
Lets get to know her better:
click on link for more: First 10: A Moment With Frances Kai-Hwa Wang | V3 Digital Media Conference presented by AAJA-LA

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Blacklava - frances kai-hwa wang imaginary affairs chapbook

So excited that cool Ryan Suda has invited me to be a part of Blacklava's 20th Anniversary Art Exhibition in Los Angeles next month! 

In the meantime, you can buy my chapbook of prose poetry and short short stories, "Imaginary Affairs--Postcards of an Imagined Life," online from Blacklava.net.

Blacklava - frances kai-hwa wang imaginary affairs chapbook

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Monday, August 6, 2012

Saturday, August 4, 2012

More PR Strangeness for Jyoti Omi Chowdhury's opening reception with Frances' reading

Now weather underground is helping to promote our event too?!! radical. Tuesday evening is projected to be 82 degrees, partly cloudy, 10% chance of rain. lol. What are you wearing? :) http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=48104

Friday, August 3, 2012

Chicago is the World » The Aunties at Temple

I see in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald newspaper that novelist Lois-Ann Yamanaka is reading at the Kinoole Farmer’s Market. “Jean Yamanaka” is the contact name, so she must be in town visiting her mom or other relatives. I love her work and plan to go, excitedly gathering up all her novels to ask her to sign.
But instead, the books bake in my car as I let myself get caught up with the older Japanese American ladies at the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist temple.
I thought I could go to services 9-10 and then cut out quickly to go to the reading from 10-11:30, but there is no escaping the Aunties at temple. The first time we ever went to this temple, they ran out after us into the parking lot and physically pulled the kids out of the car one by one, insisting we stay for lunch.
click on link for more: Chicago is the World » The Aunties at Temple

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Culture on the Volcano - NAM EthnoBlog

Sometimes I find myself categorizing our lives into “School,” “Sports,” “Music,” “Science,” “Arts,” and “Culture.” I want to make sure that we are living balanced lives, that I am exposing the children to a little of everything, so that they will grow up to be well-rounded, like the old Renaissance ideal.
It is refreshing to be reminded that life is not always so easily categorized.
click on link for more: Culture on the Volcano - NAM EthnoBlog

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Jyoti Omi Chowdhury and Frances Kai-Hwa Wang Opening and Reading promoted by parking lot? As live entertainment?


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