Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Composer Jon Jang 'Can't Stop Cryin' for America' in New Black Lives Matter Tribute - NBC News

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"As a U.S. artist and citizen, I support Black Lives Matter and the rights of immigrants of color to live a life of equality in our country," Jang told NBC News. "We need to reject confusing statements such as 'All Lives Matter' and 'We Are Immigrants' because [they do] not address the history of institutional racism and exclusionary laws that have destroyed or nearly destroyed families of color in our country."
Composer Jon Jang 'Can't Stop Cryin' for America' in New Black Lives Matter Tribute - NBC News

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Drag Queen Story Hour Brings ‘Glamorous, Positive’ Voices to Libraries, Bookstores - NBC News

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"Moments like these really demonstrate how earth-shatteringly crucial it is for youth to have models that exist beyond, or even in spite of, 'traditional' gender roles," said Chu. "Seeing yourself reflected in others can be so formative and grounding, especially as a child, when you're just starting to develop your sense of self in the world. It was amazing to be even just a small part of that."
Drag Queen Story Hour Brings ‘Glamorous, Positive’ Voices to Libraries, Bookstores - NBC News

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

First Native Pacific Islander Receives Prestigious Poetry Fellowship - NBC News

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"I never thought my poetry would circulate, or be recognized, at a national level," Perez, who received a 2016 fellowship, told NBC News. "I hope this signals a turn of attention towards Pacific Islander poetry by American readers and literary organizations. This is especially important now, with the threats of militarism, colonialism, capitalism, and environmental injustice impacting the Pacific region."
First Native Pacific Islander Receives Prestigious Poetry Fellowship - NBC News

Saturday, February 18, 2017

3 week memoir class at WCC

Offering a 3 week memoir class starting today at WCC. I scheduled this class by mistake, not knowing that mid-winter break had been cancelled. I will never offer a 3-week class again, so if you want a 3 week morning class, register to come today.

https://washtenaw.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=11540&int_category_id=3&int_sub_category_id=49&int_catalog_id=1

Friday, February 17, 2017

New Film, 'Go For Broke,' Explores Formation of U.S. Military's Most Decorated Unit - NBC News

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"People know some of the history of the 442nd on the battlefield, but what led up to its formation is not known," actor Chris Tashima who portrays Shigeo Yoshida, a Japanese-American leader in Hawaii, told NBC News. "It didn't just happen by itself, and there were many fights that had to be won, on the local level [in Hawai'i], in order for government and military leaders to be persuaded to 'trust' the Nisei. This is important history, not yet told."
New Film, 'Go For Broke,' Explores Formation of U.S. Military's Most Decorated Unit - NBC News

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Event Series to Explore 'Asian American Feminism in the Age of Trump' - NBC News

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"An Asian-American feminist movement is the only movement that is able to accurately advocate for and represent the needs of Asian-American cis and trans women," Kim told NBC News. "Every day comes a new attack on Muslims, undocumented immigrants, environmentalists, and so forth. There cannot be a divide and conquer — there must be a strong base that is ready to show up, resist, protest where we are needed. And yes, we are needed."
Event Series to Explore 'Asian American Feminism in the Age of Trump' - NBC News

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Award-Winning Author Bharati Mukherjee Dead at 76 - NBC News

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"Given our current vexed and contested cultural moment, Bharati Mukherjee's work takes on an added resonance because of its prescience; as she once wrote, 'the narrative of immigration is the epic narrative of this millennium,'" Ravi Shankar, founding editor of the Drunken Boat online poetry journal and creative writing teacher, told NBC News. "What I have always loved about Mukherjee's work is how central the liberating power of the imagination is and how she always refused to be boxed in, to write those exoticized versions of what an Indian writer is supposed to sound like according to the unspoken tenets of the publishing world."
Award-Winning Author Bharati Mukherjee Dead at 76 - NBC News

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Write an Award Winning Essay 2/4/17

Rescheduled due to power outage and illness.

Write an Award Winning Essay
New Date! Saturday 2/4/2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Chelsea District Library, McKune Room
Registration is open

Learn to write essays that can win you money for college, improve your grades and much more. Join college instructor Frances Kai-Hwa Wang as she leads a workshop that will help you take your essay writing skills into the next level. Participants will practice writing essays, so come prepared to write. Please bring a notebook and pen.
Event Type(s): Teen
Age Group(s): 12-17 - Teen

http://chelsea.evanced.info/signup/Calendar

(Note date change, originally scheduled for 2/11)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

#LitinColor Write-a-Thon Brings Diversity to North America's Largest Annual Literary Conference - NBC News

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"This year, the idea of the #LitinColor Write-a-Thon seems even more important as so many people are looking for community and ways to ground themselves in what have suddenly become very harrowing times,"
#LitinColor Write-a-Thon Brings Diversity to North America's Largest Annual Literary Conference - NBC News
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