F120. Dystopias and Utopias in Contemporary Asian American Literature

B116, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Ted Chiang writes in Story of Your Life: "Despite knowing the journey and where it leads, I embrace it and welcome every moment." Despite Chiang's renown, little attention has been paid to dystopian and utopian visions in Asian American works, particularly by women. Four writers examine the speculative impulse present in literature that on its face is about contemporary political events, combining brief readings, a Q & A on cross-genre literary work and craft, and an audience writing exercise.



Chaya Bhuvaneswar

Jimin Han is the author of the novel, Small Revolution. Her work appears in Platypus's digital shorts series, NPR's Weekend America, Poets & Writers Magazine, Hyphen Magazine, and the Rumpus, among others. She teaches at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College.

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint is the author of the novel, The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, A Haven. Her short stories have appeared in Black Warrior ReviewTriQuarterly, and Kenyon Review Online, among others. She is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Denver.

Anita Felicelli is the author of a poetry collection, Letters to an Albatross, and the short story collection Love Songs for a Lost Continent, which won the 2016 Mary Roberts Rinehart Fiction contest. She graduated from UC Berkeley and UC Berkeley Law School.


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