Stuff to Read and Watch

October 1, 2009

Here are some good pieces on the web by fellow Asian American writers, in case you missed it:

  • Ky-Phong Tran, one of Hyphen's/Asian American Writers' Workshops' short fiction finalists this year, writes a very personal and compelling piece about the health care and the public option at Nguoi Viet and republished at New America Media. (By the way, Tran's short story, "A Thing Called Exodus," is printed in issue #19, out on news stands now).
  • Journalist/historian William Wong blogs about Oakland Asian Cultural Center's Oakland Chinatown oral history project and their very cool, new and interactive website.
  • My friend Bao Phi writes a post at the Star-Tribune about an upcoming (this Saturday, October 3) fundraiser for the family of Fong Lee, who was killed by police. He interweaves personal stories about growing up in the midwest and his feelings and interactions with police, which I think will resonate with many folks of color all over.
  • Finally, this isn't a thing to read, but to watch. If you're in the DC area, check out the 10th annual DC APA Film festival! Opening night is tonight and it goes until Saturday, October 10. The list of films looks great. I haven't seen 'em all, but definitely check out the narrative Children of Invention, if you haven't seen it, and documentary A Village Called Versailles. There are, of course, other great films in there. You really can't go wrong.

Momo Chang

Senior Contributing Editor

Momo Chang is the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media, and freelances for magazines, online publications, and weeklies. Her writings focus on Asian American communities, communities of color, and youth culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Her stories range from uncovering working conditions in nail salons, to stories about “invisible minorities” like Tongan youth and Iu Mien farmers. She has freelances The New York Times, WIRED, and East Bay Express, among other publications.