Nava writes about unlearning what poetry is supposed to look like and falling in love with the poetry community. In this piece, they celebrate queer Asian poets like Franny Choi, Vivek Shraya, K-Ming Chang, and more.
Storytelling is an inescapable facet of the human experience. We are constantly trying to share our lived experiences, so we don’t feel alone. Art is created every day by people whose voices are shared and celebrated less frequently. We should share and celebrate all Asian art. It’s time to push for more voices and remember titles well after award season is over. There’s no expiration date when it comes to enjoying and sharing stories.
Cultivating my writing career has been a great privilege during one of the worst years in the 21st century. I would not have been able to do this without my beautiful community, which continues to grow each day. If it wasn’t for the amazing people in my life, I wouldn’t have found these opportunities or have the mental fortitude to show up every day ready to kick life in the ass. Living through a global pandemic had me appreciate my life more and forced me to move out of my comfort zone because everything was uncertain.
Reported cases of violence against Asian Americans is on the rise. Last year, Stop APPI Hate Reporting Center documented 2,808 firsthand accounts of anti-Asian hate. Of those accounts, 7.3% of the victims were 60 or older. These reports include verbal assaults, avoidance, being barred from establishments, and physical assaults (coughing, spitting, shoving, etc.).
Here’s a list of some of my most anticipated and favorite romance books written by Asian authors. In this list, there are lighter romances that focus on emotional development and intimacy, while other books focus on what happens when the lights turn off.
The documentary Ulam: Main Dish opens with clips of a Filipino family-style buffet. Chef and restaurateur Nicole Ponseca (owner of Jeepney) describes the ceremony as “whole feasts served on banana leaves. No plates. No Utensils. No problem.” This setting’s so familiar, so comforting but I couldn’t name it until Ponseca says, “kamayan.”