Monday, September 20, 2021

Decades after ‘the Arab problem,’ Muslim and Arab Americans are leading political change in Metro Detroit | PBS NewsHour

My article for PBS NewsHour
“I’m surely not running as a Muslim or Arab American,” Hammoud said. “I’m running as, more than anything, a son of Dearborn. Somebody who was born and raised here, who happens to be Muslim Arab American. But I think in winning, what you demonstrate, is that Abdullah is as American as any other name.”

And my article is on the NewsHour too, at the 53:53 mark

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.

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