The Asian American Literary Review’s new issue, entitled “Counting Citizens,” has been published with works reflecting the richness of the APIA experience of imagining what it means to be a “citizen” and not a “citizen” in all of the implied complexities. With family roots in Japan, India, the Philippines, Korea, China, and Vietnam, the issue’s writers touch upon fluid identities and communities, mixed race, erased histories, and linguistic and cultural belonging.
Featuring new writing by legendary Japanese Canadian novelist Joy Kogawa (Obasan), an interview with PEN/Hemingway award-winner Chang-rae Lee (A Gesture Life, The Surrendered) by Maud Casey, a forum on Census 2010 and multiracialism with Jeffrey Yang, C. Dale Young, and Srikanth Reddy, a Library of Congress bibliography of “lost” small magazine and journal publications by Carlos Bulosan (American Is in the Heart), and new poetry and prose by Kimiko Hahn, Prageeta Sharma, and Eric Gamalinda.
The issues also features translations of work by Japanese Peruvian poet José Watanabe; a photo-essay on post-Katrina NOLA Vietnamese American urban gardens, by Kari Lydersen; a photo-essay on Vietnam and the legacies of war, past and present, by Viet Thanh Nguyen; a video short and essay by Kip Fulbeck; new poetry by Ray Hsu, Rick Barot, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Adrienne Su, Ching-In Chen, Pimone Triplett, and Jeffrey Yang; new fiction by Shawna Yang Ryan, Nina McConigley, and Sangeeta Ray; an Arthur Sze interview by Gerald Maa; comic art by Kaytea Petro and visuals by Tyrone Nagai; and book reviews of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nocturnes, Larissa Lai’s Automaton Biographies, and Bich Minh Nguyen’s Short Girls.
The Asian American Literary Review, Inc. was founded in 2009 with the assistance of the University of Maryland’s Asian American Studies Program. It is a nonprofit literary arts organization, a space for those who consider the designation “Asian American” a fruitful starting point for artistic vision and community.
It is committed to inclusion and community-building; we are committed to exploring where our many communities are going – our ever-evolving social realities and imaginative possibilities.
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