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.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Thursday, July 22, 2021

My Micro-Essay to be published in anthology "Nonwhite and Woman" Sept 2022


Just found out that a 300 word micro-essay I wrote, "Auntie's House," will appear in the anthology, "Nonwhite and Woman," coming out from Woodhall Press in September 2022 and edited by Darien Hsu Gee and Carla Crujido. I didn't even know micro-essay was a thing, but it is now my favorite genre. https://www.woodhallpress.com/nonwhite-and-woman
Nonwhite and Woman

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

An Untold Past: Chinese Americans in the Midwest Tickets, Tue, Jul 20, 2021 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite


Speaking at Chinese American Museum Los Angeles Tuesday, July 20, 2021 8:00pm EDT/ 5:00pm PDT/ 2:00pm HST about being a Chinese American artist in the Midwest with Larry Lee, Chien-An Yuan, Jave Yoshimoto.

UPDATE: Thunderstorm knocked out my power just as I was being introduced, so thanks Chien-An Yuan for talking about my work for me. (Power came back ten hours later). Classic midwest.

An Untold Past: Chinese Americans in the Midwest Tickets, Tue, Jul 20, 2021 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite

Friday, July 16, 2021

1990 Institute Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 12

My article / essay for 1990 Institute Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 12, July 16, 2021

Can learning Asian American history diffuse future ethnic profiling and anti-Asian American violence?

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Art Installation proposal for Science Gallery Detroit exhibition, “TRACKED & TRACED"

Just found out my art installation proposal, "Beyond Vincent Chin: Legacies of Asian American Activism and Art," received a very favorable ranking and was put on a limited wait list (back in March, lol) for the Science Gallery Detroit exhibition, “TRACKED & TRACED." So exciting! Even though I also just found out (today, July) that they won't be able to go into the wait list pool. Still, this feels promising to me.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Cancelled: Writing from the Heart | Volcano Art Center

Cancelled: Writing from the Heart with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – Jul 24 @ 11:00 am at Volcano Art Center. Sorry, we'll try again next year.

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Friday, July 2, 2021

1990 Institute Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 11re House’s EAGLE Act bill HR3524

My article and curated news for 1990 Institute newsletter Vol 1 Issue 11, July 2, 2021
What is next for the House’s EAGLE Act bill and how will its anti-Chinese rhetoric affect Asian Americans?

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Data and Storytelling Are In Karthick Ramakrishnan’s DNA – CAAMedia

My article at Center for Asian American Media on Karthick Ramakrishnan AAPI-Data
“We believe that data is beautiful, or can be beautiful and compelling,” said Ramakrishnan. “So we put a lot of time and thought into how data are visualized and presented.”

Sunday, June 27, 2021

AAPI Creatives Speak OUT | District of Columbia Public Library

Tonight! on District of Columbia Public Library Zoom, Sunday, June 27, 2021, 7 p.m. EDT
I'll be speaking on this AAPI Arts panel tonight about the Vincent Chin case and my Knights Arts Challenge Detroit and Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation and CultureSource funded project: Beyond Vincent Chin: Legacies in Action and Art, MLK Library 
In celebration of the modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, and the continued dialogue following the rise in AAPI hate crimes, we’ve gathered writers, poets, photographers and documentarians from D.C. and abroad to share their American story. Hear how they celebrate their heritage and connect with audiences through their written work, photography, and documentary filmmaking.
AAPI Creatives Speak OUT | District of Columbia Public Library

Monday, June 21, 2021

Class: Writing from the Heart at Volcano Art Center July 10-24

Teaching Zoom Workshop Writing from the Heart with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang 
Jul 10 – Jul 24, 2021, 9:00 am - 11:00 am HST/  12:00-2:00pm PDT/ 3:00-5:00pm EDT

The most powerful writing comes from the heart. What do you care about? What inspires you? What is special in your life? Frances Kai-Hwa Wang will offer the “Writing from the Heart” workshop on Saturdays, July 10, 17, 24 2021 from 9:00am – 11am at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Write about the people, places, and memories that matter to you. Write to touch, inspire, move, persuade, and provoke readers. Write with emotion, write with spirit. Write from your own truest self to help others find theirs. This course explores the kind of writing that changes people, oneself included. And it begins honestly, one word, one day at a time.

3 Saturdays, 9am-11am HST, July 10, 17, 24, 2021 on Zoom   (2 hours each session)  Note: VAC students may be joined by some New York Writers Workshop students

Class fee is $75/$65 for VAC members

Calendar of Events | Volcano Art Center

Friday, June 18, 2021

1990 Institute Newsletter 10 How will harsh anti-China rhetoric and policy impact Asian Americans?

My article for 1990 Institute Newsletter 10: How will harsh anti-China rhetoric and policy impact Asian Americans? my new article re the China tech bill S1260 that just passed the US Senate and is on its way to the House.
“1990 Institute is concerned that the anti-China framing of this bill could cause US-China relations to deteriorate further, as well as cause increased anti-Asian American violence and discrimination,” said 1990 Institute Board of Directors Chair Dan Chao. “We should all keep an eye on this bill as it progresses.”

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Teaching next week: NYWW Lunch Poems, Lunch Prose

I'm teaching a prose poetry class next week Week 2: Mon-Thurs June 7-10, 12-1pm EDT on Zoom at New York Writers Workshop, Lunch Poems, Lunch Prose. Still a few spots left, register today (specify week 2) https://brownpapertickets.com/event/5118642

NYWW Lunch Poems, Lunch Prose

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Writing Opinion Essays starting June 5

Writing Opinion Essays: New WCC Class starting today, Sat June 5, 10am-12 pm EDT! On Zoom, two Saturdays only, June 5-June 12. Register today!
How do we use writing to touch, inspire, persuade, and provoke readers to action? Learn simple but powerful methods to get the ideas out of your head and onto the page. Consider different forms including op-ed, persuasive essay, spoken word, social media and art. Part writing, part activism and a lot of heart, this class aspires to help you use the written word to create the change you want to see in the world.

Friday, June 4, 2021

1990 Institute Newsletter 9 Breaking Labels: When Perceptions of China Impact Perceptions of Asian Americans

My essay for 1990 Institute newsletter volume 1 issue 9, June 4, 2021

That is the thing about identity labels. Sometimes they mean everything, and other times they do not matter at all. Context is key.
In this time of COVID-19-inspired-anti-Asian American violence, the 1990 Institute has been examining the impact that perceptions of China’s economic advancements has on Asian Americans.

 1990 Institute Newsletter

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Speaking Today at UMich: “My Truth: Elevating API Voices”



Speaking today! Wed June 2, 6:30-8:00 pm EDT/ 3:30pm PDT at University of Michigan School of Social Work Asian Pacific Islander Coalition, “My Truth: Elevating API Voices,” as an extension of APIA Heritage month, w the fab James Beni Wilson. Open to everyone in the UMich community and beyond. And bring your stories, too, to share with their APIA storytelling project, in any artistic medium through summer and into fall.

Register here https://umich.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BSeKbzlYSbeskhvFmBpoag

Livestream: https://www.facebook.com/events/2389701251164687

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Poem published in APWT and Joao-Roque Literary Journal Issue No. 20 Summer 2021

Check out my award winning poem, "Sowing Aunties" and all the great writing in Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Joao-Roque Literary Journal Publication Collaboration

ISSUE NO. 20, SUMMER 2021



The collaborative Asia Pacific Writers and Translators (APWT) & JRLJ Summer issue, 2021, features Gayatri Lakhiani Chawla, Benjo Kazue, Dean Kerrison, Martin Kovan, Isabelle Li, Sahib Nazari, Yuyutsu Sharma, Tim Tomlinson and Jose Varghese, including the winning entry by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang and a recording of her work.

Issue edited by Sally Breen, Selma Carvalho, Rochelle Potkar and Ravi Shankar.

Joao-Roque Literary Journal est. 2017

Monday, May 31, 2021

I am Asian American. No hyphen required | Mic

My essay at Mic (check out the juicy tidbit re hyphens and nytimes in the middle)
However, from the earliest usage of the term Chinese American in the 1880s, and later, Asian American in the 1960s, Asians have asserted their place in this country and have made it home. A distinctly Asian American community and culture developed, at first as a political statement, but then organically over time. And now it reaches across ethnic lines to enjoy commonalities, celebrate differences, and stand up for each other.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Writing Opinion Essays - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

New WCC Class starting Sat June 5, 10am-12 pm EDT! On Zoom, two Saturdays only, June 5-June 12. Register today!
How do we use writing to touch, inspire, persuade, and provoke readers to action? Learn simple but powerful methods to get the ideas out of your head and onto the page. Consider different forms including op-ed, persuasive essay, spoken word, social media and art. Part writing, part activism and a lot of heart, this class aspires to help you use the written word to create the change you want to see in the world.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Publication: Sowing Aunties — APWT Joao-Roque Literary Journal Issue 20 Summer 2021

Read and hear my poem "Sowing Aunties," winner of the international Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (APWT) and Joao Roque Literary Journal publication prize 
"Auntie does not think in environmental terms. She does not calculate the economics of her garden, full of the flavors of home that she cannot buy, from jiu tsai to persimmon trees."
Sowing Aunties — Joao-Roque Literary Journal est. 2017 Issue 20 Summer 2021

Friday, May 28, 2021

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Speaking at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library re AAPI Creatives

Speaking tonight on a panel of AAPI Creatives for APAHM at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, a branch of District of Columbia Public Library, located in Washington DC's Chinatown. We're just recording today, but it will be broadcast soon.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Speaking today at Ann Arbor District Library

Speaking today (March 26) with a panel of librarians at Ann Arbor District Library for APAHM about the Vincent Chin case, my project Beyond Vincent Chin: Legacies in Art and Activism, and the great Academy Award nominated film Who Killed Vincent Chin? by Renee Tajima-Pena. It will be recorded now and broadcast at a later date. 

Ann Arbor District Library will host multiple showings of the film, Who Killed Vincent Chin? They will also invite YA and children's book author Paula Yoo to come speak about her new book, From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry in July.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

NEW YORK WRITERS WORKSHOP student love note

Great love letter from a student who took my "Writing to Save the World" at New York Writers Workshop:
I finished a project -- and I had a set of writing notes out from you the whole time! You kept showing up for me, even after the class. Appreciate you.
More classes soon at NEW YORK WRITERS WORKSHOP - Home

Monday, May 24, 2021

Poet Frances Kai–Hwa Wang creates ‘Lost Constellation’ project for DIA | One Detroit

Will Glover talks to journalist, activist, and poet Frances Kai – Hwa Wang about the poem she wrote that accompanies a dance performed by AAPI women for the Lost Constellations project commissioned by the DIA. The project explores the connections between identity, the wisdom of elders and much more.

Poet Frances Kai–Hwa Wang creates ‘Lost Constellation’ project for DIA | One Detroit

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Friday, May 21, 2021

1990 Institute Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 8 "How can we keep forging our futures beyond Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month?"

My essay for 1990 Institute Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 8
How can we keep forging our futures beyond Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month?

I was discussing programming ideas for MLK Library in Washington DC Chinatown with my friend Ryan a few months ago, and I mentioned that May is Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AANHPIHM). Ryan said, “We don’t have to wait for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month to do Asian American programming, we can do it in other months, too.”
1990 Institute Newsletter

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Speaking at Ann Arbor District Library re Katie Yamasaki

Speaking today (March 19) with a panel of librarians at Ann Arbor District Library about the great work of children's book author and illustrator Katie Yamasaki for APAHM. It will be recorded now and broadcast at a later date.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

"Asia Pacific of the Mind" International Poetry Prize from Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (APWT) and Joao Roque Literary Journal


oh wow I just won an international poetry prize for Sowing Aunties, "Aunties may look cute and sweet on the outside, but never underestimate what is on the inside." Thanks Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (APWT) Joao Roque Literary Journal

Asia Pacific Writers & Translators

Congratulations to Frances Kai-Hwa Wang winner of Asia Pacific of the Mind - an APWT Joao Roque publishing collaboration. Frances takes home a $500USD cash prize for her poem Sowing Aunties. The winner and excellent range of shortlisted entries will be published in a special edition of Joao Roque Literary Journal in June. Kudos to all the feature writers

Announcement link Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/APWriters/photos/a.211184915606902/4119541564771198

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Wow Comments

 I was turned down for a grant application today, but what a gift to get comments!

There is so much I love about your work, particularly the way you've illustrated the legacy of family and tradition while rooting it all in this very specific time. Your prose is both detailed and spare, dazzling at times. The repetition in "Learning to Drive Defensively" is incredibly powerful. And yes to this: "I write myself into existence every day." Yours is an important voice that we all need to hear/read right now.

Your first piece--"Sowing Aunties"--is marvelous! Your deft weaving of tradition, voice, and prose that's humorous, and yet contains gravity, is really admirable.

Monday, May 10, 2021

IS/LAND Lost Constellation at DIA | AADL Pulp Arts Around Ann Arbor

IS/LAND Lost Constellation at DIA as discussed by AADL Pulp Arts Around Ann Arbor by Christopher Potter


IS/LAND is a Southeast Michigan collective of Asian Pacific Islander American and Asian artists, and the group's "In Isolation Pt. 1 - SYNODIC" was a welcome respite of verdant color and light during January's gray darkness. Filmed and soundtracked by Chien-An Yuan, the video features dancer J Amber Kao moving and gesturing within a tightly prescribed area of Ann Arbor's Saginaw Forest, exploring change in a year where everything in the world was transformed and yet some days it felt like time stood still. (Read the review here.)

Kao and Yuan are back with fellow IS/LAND's members ciale and writer Frances Kai-Hwa Wang for two more performance pieces as part of the Detroit Institute of Art's celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Filmed at the DIA's Detroit Film Theatre, the two works in Lost Constellation explore individuality and interconnectivity:

Pt. I - 'A Path of Lights'
Two dancers, J Amber Kao and ciale, explore interdependence, healing, and connection. The space between their motion connects yet divides them. As they navigate their individual spaces within the physical environments, the inevitability of their interrelationship manifests itself into a shared narrative. With a poem written and performed by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang and a music score by Jienan Yuan.

Pt II - 'Singular Plural'
A liminal meditation by ciale of gender expression and persona.

Friday, May 7, 2021

1990 Institute Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 7 What are you doing for Asian American and Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander Heritage Month?

My essay for 1990 Institute Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 7 
What are you doing for Asian American and Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander Heritage Month?
I just taught a prose poetry class at New York Public Library in Mandarin Chinese to a group of lively Chinese grandmas. I was worried whether my Mandarin would hold out, but we wrote about first days in America, favorite foods missed, and hopes and dreams for beloved grandchildren. We had so much fun sharing stories. It was a great warm up for Asian American and Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Thursday, May 6, 2021

AAWAA Exhibition photographs of "Sowing Aunties"

Exhibition photographs of "Sowing Aunties" from Asian American Women Artists Association Sowing Agency art exhibition at SOMarts in San Francisco, May 2021. Check out the virtual exhibition tour (although I think my piece is behind a wall...tell me if you figure out how to see it) 

https://www.aawaa.net/sowing-agency-2021

VIDEO: Poetry Reading at the 20:00 mark https://youtu.be/uoevDCjz6kg








Saturday, May 1, 2021

VIDEOS: Poetry Readings: AAWAA Sowing Agency Opening and IS/LAND DIA "Lost Constellation"

Big Thanks to the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and APICC for sponsoring the 2021 Sowing Agency Arts Exhibition and United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF2021). Here is the video of the Opening launch party. My artwork and poetry reading "Sowing Aunties" is at the 20:00 minute mark  https://youtu.be/uoevDCjz6kg

Big Thanks also to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) for hosting IS/LAND's dance and poetry performance, "Lost Constellation," which premiered today with the beautiful talents of J. Amber Kao, Ciale, and Chien-An Yuan. You won't see me, but you will hear me and my poetry at the 3:36 minute mark.  https://youtu.be/LRHWNcE3arU

Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

Friday, April 30, 2021

USAAF 2021 Kick-Off and Sowing Agency Opening Reception Tickets, Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

Check out my found object art installation and hear my poetry performance 4/30/2021 9:00pmEDT/ 6:00pm PDT/ 3:00pmHST

The 24th annual United States of Asian America Festival kicks off with the opening reception to Sowing Agency, a visual arts exhibition.

The 24th annual United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF) kicks off with the opening reception to Sowing Agency, a visual arts exhibition. Join us for a night that features a showcase of literary readings, performances and presentations from artists involved in the exhibition and the festival at large.

Automatic live captioning will be available through Zoom.

Followed by an after party and social gathering (more details coming soon)!

OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCES

Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt (@bigbigbigthings) has been developing a relationship with cotton as part of her research on Philippine weaving and will be "live-spinning" homegrown cotton. She would like to acknowledge her teachers from the @hawaiihandweavershui for sharing their spinning tools, seeds, and knowledge.

Pallavi Sharma collaborates with Shailaja Dixit (performer, musician, and activist) and Sonal Sanghvi (Classical Indian dancer) for an inter-disciplinary performance. A contrapuntal reading of the mythological story of "Raktbeej" the demon who was slain by goddess Durga, the performance draws attention to the contribution of women farmers, how they are exercising their agency to activate spaces and creating discourse on the current global ecological crisis since Chipko movement in1973.

Featuring a poetry reading by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang and Narinda Heng.

With previews of USAAF events, Liwanag 3 by SOMA Pilipinas, Scattered Home Voices by Vida Kuang, The Rooted Recipes Project, Never Again Now! by Jon Jang and Paul Flores.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Sowing Agency is inspired by the fight for environmental justice, activating our Asian Pacific Islander communities to engage in the issues of today’s climate crisis. With a number of artistic disciplines represented, the pieces featured in the show work to realign our relationships with the Earth through introspection and collective leadership. The exhibition’s broad coalition of community partners amplifies calls for increased action to challenge extractive industries, monocultures, corporate greed and colonization. Weaving local and global climate resistance into our cultural consciousness, Sowing Agency is a visual and poetic address to the grief and resiliency rooted in “seeding the future.”

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Asian American Women Artists Association, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, SOMArts Cultural Center, Asian Art Museum along with community partners: Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour, South of Market Community Action Network, 18 Million Rising and Survival Media Agency.

Funded in part by San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, California Arts Council and Zellerbach Family Foundation and proudly sponsored by Asian Art Museum and Rainbow Grocery.

ABOUT THE UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA FESTIVAL

This year's 24th annual United States of Asian American Festival (USAAF) presents over 20 different programs reflecting the artistic accomplishments and cultural diversity of San Francisco’s Pacific Islander and Asian American communities. USAAF showcases artists representing a diverse range of ethnic and cultural groups and aims to heighten the visibility of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) artists working in all disciplines - theater, music, dance, film, literature, visual arts, and more! Our goal is to nurture and empower these groups to be self-sufficient while providing the support they need to grow.

This year’s theme, Forging Our Futures - SoMa & Chinatown, explores how we are fostering recovery, resilience and regeneration in our communities, what place-making and community building looks like, past, present and future and how we're imagining and manifesting empowered future for ourselves and our communities.

USAAF 2021 is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, California Arts Council, Fleishhacker Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, startsmall and National Endowment for the Arts.

USAAF 2021 Kick-Off and Sowing Agency Opening Reception Tickets, Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Sowing Agency VIP Curator Tour Tickets, Thu, Apr 29, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT/ 4:00 pm PDT | Eventbrite

Check out my found object art installation "Sowing Aunties" Thursday 4/29 7pmEDT/ 4pmPDT
Get a sneak peak at Sowing Agency before it officially opens to the public in this online VIP Curator Preview!

Get a sneak peak at Sowing Agency, a momentous exhibition presented by the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC), showcasing over 20 artists and artworks engaging with themes of environmental leadership, activism and kinship.

This online VIP preview will be led by curator Lisa Pradhan and Exhibition Manager, Diana Li at SOMArts Cultural Center with artist talks by exhibiting artists Angela Han, Claire Lau, Cindy Shih and Wen-hao Tien.

This tour is open for exhibiting artists, community partners and exhibition sponsors to attend. Space is limited for 15 more people to join us at our Seed Sowing sponsorship level of $150, which comes with a number of promotional opportunities for your company or brand.

Learn more about the exhibition and read through our sponsorship kit here!

SPREAD THE WORD

www.aawaa.net/sowing-agency-2021

This exhibition takes place at SOMArts Cultural Center April 30-May 23, 2021 and is presented in partnership with APICC for their 24th Annual United States of Asian America Festival and the Asian Art Museum.

Community partners include Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour, South of Market Community Action Network, 18 Million Rising and Survival Media Agency.

Funded in part by San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, California Arts Council and Zellerbach Family Foundation.

Proudly sponsored by Asian Art Museum and Rainbow Grocery.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

DIA celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with virtual events | Detroit News

from Detroit News April 28, 2021, re APAHM events this May at DIA
1 p.m.: “Lost Constellation”

o Part 1: “A Path of Lights” – Dancers J Amber Kao and Ciale Charfauros explore interdependence, healing and connection, with a poem written and performed by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang and music score by Chien-An Yuan.

o Part 2: “Singular Plural” - Charfauros leads a meditation of gender expression and persona. IS/LAND is a performance collaborative comprised of Asian American and Pacific Islander artists.

Today! Free Online Writing workshop at New York Public Library in Mandarin Chinese

Happy National Poetry Month! Here is the link to the final FREE ONLINE class that I am teaching at New York Public Library through New York Writers Workshop today in Mandarin Chinese. Register today to come write with me!

Prose Poetry Workshop: Finding Your Voice (in Mandarin Chinese) 4/28 12:00pm EDT/9:00am PDT

New York Public Library Online, Poetry Programming, World Literature Festival:
Prose Poetry: Finding your Voice with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang in Mandarin Chinese
散文詩 : 跟著王凱華找回你自己的聲音

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 12 - 1 p.m. EDT/ 9:00 am PDT/ 6:00 am HST
End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.

PROGRAM LOCATIONS:
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) of New York Public Library
Fully accessible to wheelchairs
Online

How to register: Online

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the New York Public Library with New York Writers Workshop

If you have been scribbling poetry in secret journals for years or if you have been waiting to find time to begin a memoir for your loved ones, it can take time to find your authentic voice or to have enough trust to show your writing to the world, so let’s begin here, one word, one day at a time. Hands-on workshop. What is Prose Poetry? How do I begin? How do I overcome barriers to writing? Bring a notebook and pen.

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a journalist, essayist, and poet focused on issues of Asian America, race, justice, and the arts. Her writing has appeared at 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 University of Hawaii Hilo and Washtenaw Community College. She co-created a multimedia artwork for Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. She is a Knight Arts Challenge Detroit artist. In Chinese School, she was often scolded for having the best spoken Chinese in class and the worst written Chinese. Franceskaihwawang.com @fkwang

This program will be conducted in Mandarin Chinese, partly in English

什麼是散文詩?我該如何開始?如何克服寫作障礙?如果您曾在日記本上暗自寫詩,或等待時機為親人寫回憶錄,可能需要很長的時間才能展示您的作品。讓我們帶上筆記本和筆, 一步一步跟著王凱華教授從這裡開始,動手寫作。

王凱華是一位記者,散文家和詩人,專注於亞裔美國人,種族,正義和藝術領域。她的著作曾發表在多種美國刊物。她在密歇根大學(University of Michigan)教授亞洲/太平洋島民美國研究,並在夏威夷大學希洛(Hilo)和Washtenaw 社區學院教授創作。她在史密森尼亞太美國中心共同創作了多媒體藝術品。其個人資料請參見網站:http://www.franceskaihwawang.com/

此項活動以普通話輔以英文進行


ABOUT NEW YORK WRITERS WORKSHOP
New York Writers Workshop is an alliance of published authors and professional writers of fiction, non-fiction, journalism, poetry, plays and screenplays, who live and teach in New York City and a growing list of locales across the globe. NYWW is dedicated to offering professional guidance, resources and workshops that teach craft, foster creativity, and help writers achieve their goals.

此次活动将在 Google Meet 上举行。在下面注册并提供您的联系信息,以获取参与的链接。讨论之前大约一天,该链接将通过电子邮件发送给您。您需要一台具有音频和/或视频以及互联网连接的设备才能加入。

This program will take place over Google Meet. Register below and include your contact information to receive the link to participate. The link will be sent to you by email approximately one day before the discussion. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Creative Writing Classes - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Two new writing workshops starting this weekend! Register today and tell your friends!

Writing with Style starts Sat., May 1, 10-12 EDT (3 weeks)

Continuing Writer Workshop, Finding the Writer Within starts Sun., May 2, 12-2 EDT (5 weeks)

Creative Writing Classes - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Friday, April 23, 2021

1990 Institute Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 6 "Mourning our sisters and elders in another mass shooting"

My essay for 1990 Institute Vol 1 Issue 6, "Mourning our sisters and elders in another mass shooting" re the FedEx shooting in Indianapolis targeting our Sikh American sisters and elders
I was in the garden Friday afternoon when my friend Joz messaged from California, “Hello, checking in. What’s this about an active shooter near you?”

Luckily, the shooting was on the other side of town and the danger had already passed, but it was sobering.

Only thirty days after the spa shootings in Atlanta where six out of the eight people killed were Korean and Chinese American women (four seniors), we were already mourning another mass shooting impacting our community at the FedEx in Indianapolis. Known to have a 90% Sikh American workforce, at least four out of the eight people killed were Sikh Americans (three women, three seniors).

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Today! Free Online Writing workshop at New York Public Library

Happy National Poetry Month! Here are direct links to the two remaining FREE ONLINE classes that I am teaching at New York Public Library through New York Writers Workshop this month. Register today to come write with me!

Prose Poetry Workshop: Finding the Writer Within (in English) 4/21/2021 12:00pm EDT/9:00am PDT 
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2021/04/21/prose-poetry-finding-writer-within-frances-kai-hwa-wang#register

Prose Poetry Workshop: Finding Your Voice (in Mandarin Chinese) 4/28 12:00pm EDT/9:00am PDT
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2021/04/28/prose-poetry-finding-your-voice-frances-kai-hwa-wang#register

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Today! Free Online Writing workshop at New York Public Library

Happy National Poetry Month! Here are direct links to the three FREE ONLINE classes that I am teaching at New York Public Library through New York Writers Workshop this month. Register today to come write with me!

Prose Poetry Workshop: Finding Your Voice (in English) 4/14/2021 12:00pm EDT/9:00am PDT
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2021/04/14/prose-poetry-finding-your-voice-frances-kai-hwa-wang#register

Prose Poetry Workshop: Finding the Writer Within (in English) 4/21/2021 12:00pm EDT/9:00am PDT
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2021/04/21/prose-poetry-finding-writer-within-frances-kai-hwa-wang#register

Prose Poetry Workshop: Finding Your Voice (in Mandarin Chinese) 4/28 12:00pm EDT/9:00am PDT
https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2021/04/28/prose-poetry-finding-your-voice-frances-kai-hwa-wang#register

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Speaking today on "The Long History of Anti-Asian Violence in the US"

Speaking today at the beginning for ten minutes, Saturday, April 10, 2021, 2pm EDT/11am PDT on "The Long History of Anti-Asian Violence in the US" at a virtual roundtable discussion with the Washtenaw Reds.

You have to register in advance to get the link: https://umich.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqdO-pqzwqHtJq4yqUZEVA5pBIPvcbF81k

US WAR ON CHINA AND ATTACKS ON ASIAN-AMERICANS
A Virtual Roundtable
Sponsored by the Washtenaw Reds
Saturday, April 10, 2021, 2 PM EDT
1. The Long History of Anti-Asian Violence in the US (that's me)
2. History of Hate Directed at the People’s Republic of China by the US Government, Media and Academia
3. Targeting of Chinese and Chinese American Academics by the US Government:
4. Military Build-up Against the PRC
5. Weaponization of COVID to wage war against the PRC

https://www.facebook.com/groups/35440155862/permalink/10158373280310863

Monday, April 5, 2021

Class: Writing your Family Stories Today at WCC

Today!
Writing your Family History
Washtenaw Community College
Online, 3 Mondays, April 5-19, 2021, 6-8pm EDT, Zoom

Registration Washtenaw Community College -- see https://washtenaw.augusoft.net/index.cfm?fuseaction=1010&catalogid=1

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Speaking: US War on China and Attacks on Asian Americans, April 10, 2pm EDT

I have been invited to speak for ten minutes (then ten minutes of QA), next Saturday, April 10, 2021, 2pm EDT/11am PDT if you want to come for a speed history lesson on "The Long History of Anti-Asian Violence in the US." I'll be up first, so not too long for just my part. Should be interesting.


Attacks on Asian-Americans and the US hybrid war on China are escalating. Please join the Washtenaw Reds for a virtual roundtable Saturday, April 10 at 2 pm for presentations delving into this crisis, followed by discussion, questions, comments.
 
US WAR ON CHINA AND ATTACKS ON ASIAN-AMERICANS
A Virtual Roundtable
Sponsored by the Washtenaw Reds
Saturday, April 10, 2021, 2 PM EDT
1. The Long History of Anti-Asian Violence in the US
2. History of Hate Directed at the People’s Republic of China by the US Government, Media and Academia
3. Targeting of Chinese and Chinese American Academics by the US Government:
4. Military Build-up Against the PRC
5. Weaponization of COVID to wage war against the PRC

Please contact the Washtenaw Reds at washtenawreds@gmail.com or by messaging us here to request the zoom invitation. Please include any organizational affiliation if applicable.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/35440155862/permalink/10158373280310863

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Class: Prose Poetry Finding your Voice at NYPL with NYWW in Chinese!

New York Public Library Online, Poetry Programming, World Literature Festival:
Prose Poetry: Finding your Voice with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang in Mandarin Chinese
散文詩 : 跟著王凱華找回你自己的聲音

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 12 - 1 p.m. EDT/ 9:00 am PDT/ 6:00 am HST
End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.

PROGRAM LOCATIONS:
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) of New York Public Library
Fully accessible to wheelchairs
Online

How to register: Online

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the New York Public Library with New York Writers Workshop

If you have been scribbling poetry in secret journals for years or if you have been waiting to find time to begin a memoir for your loved ones, it can take time to find your authentic voice or to have enough trust to show your writing to the world, so let’s begin here, one word, one day at a time. Hands-on workshop. What is Prose Poetry? How do I begin? How do I overcome barriers to writing? Bring a notebook and pen.

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a journalist, essayist, and poet focused on issues of Asian America, race, justice, and the arts. Her writing has appeared at 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 University of Hawaii Hilo and Washtenaw Community College. She co-created a multimedia artwork for Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. She is a Knight Arts Challenge Detroit artist. In Chinese School, she was often scolded for having the best spoken Chinese in class and the worst written Chinese. Franceskaihwawang.com @fkwang

This program will be conducted in Mandarin Chinese, partly in English

什麼是散文詩?我該如何開始?如何克服寫作障礙?如果您曾在日記本上暗自寫詩,或等待時機為親人寫回憶錄,可能需要很長的時間才能展示您的作品。讓我們帶上筆記本和筆, 一步一步跟著王凱華教授從這裡開始,動手寫作。

王凱華是一位記者,散文家和詩人,專注於亞裔美國人,種族,正義和藝術領域。她的著作曾發表在多種美國刊物。她在密歇根大學(University of Michigan)教授亞洲/太平洋島民美國研究,並在夏威夷大學希洛(Hilo)和Washtenaw 社區學院教授創作。她在史密森尼亞太美國中心共同創作了多媒體藝術品。其個人資料請參見網站:http://www.franceskaihwawang.com/

此項活動以普通話輔以英文進行


ABOUT NEW YORK WRITERS WORKSHOP
New York Writers Workshop is an alliance of published authors and professional writers of fiction, non-fiction, journalism, poetry, plays and screenplays, who live and teach in New York City and a growing list of locales across the globe. NYWW is dedicated to offering professional guidance, resources and workshops that teach craft, foster creativity, and help writers achieve their goals.

此次活动将在 Google Meet 上举行。在下面注册并提供您的联系信息,以获取参与的链接。讨论之前大约一天,该链接将通过电子邮件发送给您。您需要一台具有音频和/或视频以及互联网连接的设备才能加入。

This program will take place over Google Meet. Register below and include your contact information to receive the link to participate. The link will be sent to you by email approximately one day before the discussion. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Classes: free introductory poetry writing classes at the New York Public Library in April

 On behalf of New York Writers Workshop, I'll be teaching three free introductory poetry writing classes at the New York Public Library in April! April 14, 21, 28, 12:00 noon EDT/ 9:00 am PDT/ 6:00 am HST. Online. Registration required. Free. (One of these may or may not be taught in Mandarin Chinese)

Here are my 3 classes: https://www.nypl.org/events/classes/calendar?keyword=%22frances+kai-hwa+wang%22&target%5B%5D=ad&target%5B%5D=ya&target%5B%5D=cr&city%5B%5D=man&date_op=GREATER_EQUAL&date1=03%2F29%2F2021&location=&topic=&audience=&series=

Check out the rest of the NYWW classes at NYPL https://www.nypl.org/events/classes/calendar?keyword=%22new+york+writers+workshop%22&target%5B%5D=ad&target%5B%5D=ya&target%5B%5D=cr&city%5B%5D=bx&city%5B%5D=man&city%5B%5D=si&date_op=GREATER_EQUAL&date1=03%2F29%2F2021&location=&topic=&audience=&series=

DATE/TIMETITLE/DESCRIPTIONLOCATIONAUDIENCE
Wed, April 14
@ 12 noon
ONLINE
Prose Poetry: Finding your Voice with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
Celebrate National Poetry Month at the New York Public Library with New York Writers Workshop If you have been scribbling poetry in secret journals for years or if you have been waiting to find time to begin a memoir for your loved ones, it can take time to find your authentic voice or to have enough trust to show your writing to the world, so let’s begin here, one word, one day at a time. Hands-on workshop. What is Prose Poetry? How do I begin? How do I overcome barriers to writing? Bring a no…
Webster Library
Online
Adults
Wed, April 21
@ 12 noon
ONLINE
Prose Poetry: Finding the Writer within with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
Celebrate National Poetry Month at the New York Public Library with New York Writers Workshop To become a writer, one simply has to write. Regularly, weekly, daily, courageously. How do writers develop a regular writing routine or writing practice? Hands-on workshop with short timed writing exercises and tips and tricks to stretch one’s creativity. What is Prose Poetry? How do I begin? How do I overcome barriers to writing? Bring a notebook and pen. Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a journalist, essayi…
Harlem Library
Online
Adults
Wed, April 28
@ 12 noon
ONLINE
Prose Poetry: Finding your Voice with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
Celebrate National Poetry Month at the New York Public Library with New York Writers Workshop If you have been scribbling poetry in secret journals for years or if you have been waiting to find time to begin a memoir for your loved ones, it can take time to find your authentic voice or to have enough trust to show your writing to the world, so let’s begin here, one word, one day at a time. Hands-on workshop. What is Prose Poetry? How do I begin? How do I overcome barriers to writing? Bring a no…
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)
Online
Adults