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!