Tammy lives in Brooklyn, where she writes, works as a social-justice lawyer, and teaches. She grew up in Tacoma, WA and was educated at Yale and NYU.
My Immigrant Passover
Year-End Occupy Round-Up: API Edition
Race-ing Occupy Wall Street
Occupy Wall Street isn't as white or privileged or [insert flimsy excuse] as you think it is. All kinds of people are playing a role -- both in the spectacle and behind the scenes.
Immigrant Youth Remake South Philly after Anti-Asian Violence
Hyphen sits down with the Ly brothers, activist grads of the troubled South Philadelphia High School.
Filmmaker Isaac Chung, Rwanda, and the Perils of Patrimony
Young Rwandan film comes to Tribeca -- via independent filmmaker Isaac Chung. But there may be strings attached.
Misremembering Nanking: 'The Woman Who Could Not Forget' and 'City of Life and Death'
An intimate memoir challenges our memory of Iris Chang, the late author of The Rape of Nanking; and Lu Chuan brings the massacre to contemporary film.
Free-Trade Fantasy and the Uses of Korean American Diaspora
Why are Korean Americans the target of a public-relations campaign to ratify the US-Korea Free Trade Act?
Daddy Was a Union Man: An Illustrated Story
A memoir-comic about my dad, a retired machinist and union member, to explain why we should give a damn about workers' rights.
Sorry, Mom, I'm Going to Be an Artist! KAFFNY 2011
What Makes a Film Korean American?
For the fifth time, the K-A Film Festival hits NYC. But in what sense are all these films “Korean American”?
Book Review: Shabnam Piryaei's 'ode to fragile'
Why Korean American Churches Need a Makeover
Even now, as we move into our third generation of immigrants, church remains ascendant as Korean America’s cultural center. The time has come for a reorientation.
Writer Yiyun Li on Her New Book and MacArthur Fellowship
A standout year for Yiyun Li, with the publication of her third book, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, and a MacArthur “Genius Award.”
Indie Comics Profile: Shawn Cheng of Partyka
Shawn has indie-arts cred: no trust fund, no lavish studio, and, for now, no publisher. Shawn and Partyka are DIY at its best.
Lan Samantha Chang: Iowa Writers' Workshop Director Discusses Her New Novel
Lan Samantha Chang, first Asian American and first female Director of the famed Iowa Writers’ Workshop, sat down with me to discuss her new book, All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost (W.W. Norton 2010).
Gary Shteyngart's New Dystopic, Asian American(?) Novel
In a comically bleak imminent future, GlobalTeens messaging substitutes for real human contact, strangers are judged according to digitized fuckability ratings, and books are stinky artifacts made tolerable by Pine-Sol.