NYCAASC 2018: Emergence Workshops

NYCAASC 2018 > Workshops: Track 1

Discovering Our Voices: Storytelling, Literature, and Writing

C 95, 11:45 - 1:10

Often times, it is difficult to tiptoe the line between exploring our cultural roots and finding our own individuality as Asian Americans through writing. We exist in an in-between of stereotypes and expectations -- an amalgamation of cultural influences from our heritage and upbringing. Mainstream Asian American literature (such as The Joy Luck Club and The Woman Warrior) is often criticized for their authenticity or lack thereof -- does this affect our own writing and how so? This workshop will explore the process of finding our unique selves through writing while still recalling and drawing upon our cultural roots.

Ed Lin

Ed Lin

Ed Lin is a native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent. He is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. His seventh book, 99 Ways to Die, will be published by Soho Crime in October, and his first YA book, David Tung Can't Have a Girlfriend Until He Gets Into an Ivy League College, will be published by Kaya Press next year. Lin is also a financial journalist and is currently managing editor of Barrons.com, a Dow Jones Media Group property. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung, and son.

Yasmin Majeed

Yasmin Majeed

Yasmin Adele Majeed is the assistant editor for the Asian American Writers' Workshop, where she works on the literary magazine, The Margins, and with fellowships for emerging writers. www.yasmaj.com.

Lisa Ko

Lisa Ko

Lisa Ko is the author of THE LEAVERS, a novel which won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction, the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award, and the 2017 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, The New York Times, BuzzFeed, O. Magazine, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. Born in Queens and raised in New Jersey, she lives in Brooklyn. Visit her at lisa-ko.com or on Twitter @iamlisako.

Sonya Chung

Sonya Chung

Sonya Chung is the author of the novels The Loved Ones (Relegation Books, 2016) and Long for This World (Scribner, 2010). She is a staff writer for the The Millions and founding editor of Bloom, and is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination, the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the Bronx Council on the Arts Writers' Residency, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a Key West Literary Seminars residency. Sonya's stories, reviews, & essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Tin House, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, Short: An International Anthology, and This is The Place: Women Writing About Home, among others. Sonya has taught fiction writing at Columbia University, NYU, Gotham Writers' Workshop, and College of Mount St. Vincent. Currently she lives in New York City and teaches at Skidmore College.

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