Containing Multitudes: Asian American Writers Not Writing about Race

Rooms 347-348, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, March 9, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Author Nicole Chung recently wrote in The Atlantic that Asian writers are expected to educate readers with their writing. Writers of color tend to be asked about racism rather than craft during events. We are Asian American writers who often don't write explicitly about race / racism, choosing instead to focus on other aspects of our experiences/identities. In this panel, we discuss the importance of recognizing and honoring the multitudes inside us even during a time of increased anti-Asian hate.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2023_Outline.docx



A.H. Kim is an immigrant, graduate of Harvard College and Berkeley Law School, retired attorney, and author of A Good Family and an upcoming novel to be published in 2023. Her nonfiction writings on cancer have appeared in Zocalo Public Square, Saturday Evening Post, and several anthologies.

Dominic Lim's debut novel All the Right Notes, an LGBTQIA+ Asian rom-com, will be released in June 2023 by Forever (GCP/Hachette). He is a member of Actors' Equity, the Writers Grotto, and is one of the cohosts of Babylon Salon, the long-running reading and performance series in San Francisco.

Preeti Vangani is the author of Mother Tongue Apologize, winner of the RL Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Threepenny Review and Gulf Coast, among others. She is the winner of the 2022 Pen/Dau Emerging Writers Prize and has been a resident at UCross & Djerassi. She holds an MFA from USF.

Rita Chang-Eppig received her MFA from NYU. Her debut novel about the infamous Chinese pirate queen is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2023. Her stories have appeared/are forthcoming in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Conjunctions, The Best American Short Stories 2021, and elsewhere.

Vanessa Hua is the author of national bestsellers Forbidden City and A River of Stars, and Deceit and Other Possibilities, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. A NEA Literature Fellow, she has received a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing.


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