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Celebrating AAPI Month with Books by 3 Asian American Women

Last December (2021), I had the opportunity to participate in an online class called “Contemporary Personal Narratives by Asian American Women: A Cultural Exploration” with Lori Rotskoff. I’d never taken a literature class outside of college before, but I was very excited to read books by Asian American women.read more.

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Kiku Hughes on Japanese American Inter-Generational Trauma

FF2 Guest Post by Joycelyn Ghansah

On February 19, 1942 – barely two months after the government of Japan executed the military attack on Pearl Harbor (Hawaii) which brought the USA into World War II – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066.

Since a large population of American citizens with Japanese heritage – including people who had been born in the USA as well as those who had completed the naturalization process – were known to reside on the west coast of the mainland, the American Army worked quickly to build rudimentary “relocation camps” for them.… read more.

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Yan Ge Reflects on “Othering” in ‘Strange Beasts of China’

Yan Ge’s fictional book Strange Beasts of China is making waves. The English translation by Jeremy Tiang came out last year, and the book was heralded as one of the New York Times Editors’ Choice and a Notable Book of 2021 and Washington Post’s Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror of 2021.

Strange Beasts of China is comprised of a series of interconnected stories about different “beasts” that the narrator encounters and researches in the fictional Chinese city of Yong’an.… read more.

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Celebrating the Prolific Legacy of Maya Angelou

Today, we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Maya Angelou, a pioneering author, poet, filmmaker and civil rights activist! Maya was incredibly prolific in demonstrating her talent and passion, leaving her mark across the art world in almost every medium. 

Throughout her acclaimed career, Maya often made history.read more.

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Anne Boleyn: Susan Bordo Assesses Fact Versus Fiction

In 1536, when King Henry VIII of England gave the order to execute his wife, Queen Anne Boleyn, he sought to erase her not only from memory, but from history. Nevertheless, today – almost 500 years later – she continues to be one of the most famous women in European history.

Centuries after her death, the image of Anne Boleyn continues to stand the test of time, though not without some discrepancy on what that image actually looks like.… read more.

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Zines v Chapbooks: On Finding Yourself in a Collection

FF2 Guest Post by Pascale Potvin

Vehicles for individual expression continue to multiply. New technologies make additional options available — from blogs and vlogs to Instagram and TikTok– but the feel of actual paper-in-hand continues to hold its own in an increasingly disembodied universe of publications.… read more.

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