In the past two years, we’ve seen both an increase in brilliant works by Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander authors —and a disturbing, tragic increase in hate and violence against these communities as well.
We invite you to join One World on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 PM ET on Zoom for a special Ideas & Action event and night of solidarity with the AA-NH/PI community. For those in the community, we’ll uplift each other and examine key questions like What makes you feel safe? and What does true safety for everyone really mean? For allies, we’ll discuss what solidarity looks like, and how we can work together to keep our friends, our loved ones, and ourselves safe.
In partnership with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW), Ideas & Action: Safety & Solidarity will feature a conversation among panelists Cathy Park Hong, Mira Jacob, Valarie Kaur, and Yanyi, as they discuss with AAWW’s Executive Director, Jafreen Uddin, moments of struggle and grief, but also times of inspiration and hope. We’ll hear what safety and solidarity look like for them, but also the possibilities of what it means to create in comfort, to walk without fear, and to bring our whole selves to the room.
One World is proud to partner with Yu and Me Books, a Chinatown bookstore that showcases immigrant stories and creates a home for the community. When you register for your free ticket, you will also have the option to purchase books by any of the featured authors.
We hope to see you there.
Cathy Park Hong is the author of The New York Times bestselling Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning. The essay collection was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, and earned Hong recognition on TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2021 list. She is also the author of poetry collections Engine Empire, Dance Dance Revolution, chosen by Adrienne Rich for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Translating Mo’um. Hong is the recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She is the poetry editor of the New Republic and is a full professor at Rutgers-Newark University.
Mira Jacob is the author of Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, a graphic memoir shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award, and named a New York Times Notable Book. It is currently in development as a television series with Film 44. Her critically acclaimed novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing was shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, honored by the Asian Pacific American Library Association, and named one of the best books of the year by The Boston Globe, Kirkus Reviews, Bustle, and The Millions. Jacob’s recent work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, Guernica, BuzzFeed, The Telegraph, Bookanista, and The Scofield. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
Valarie Kaur is a civil rights activist, lawyer, filmmaker, innovator, and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project. She is also the author of See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love. She has won national acclaim for her story-based advocacy, helping to win policy change on issues ranging from hate crimes to digital freedom. Her speeches have reached millions worldwide and inspired a movement to reclaim love as a force for justice. A daughter of Sikh farmers in California, she earned degrees from Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School and holds an honorary doctorate. She lives in a multigenerational home in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and daughter.
Yanyi is a writer and critic. He is the author of The Year of Blue Water, winner of the 2018 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize and Dream of the Divided Field, which was released this March. His work has been featured in NPR’s All Things Considered, Tin House, Granta, A Public Space, and at The New York Public Library, and he has received fellowships from Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Poets House. Currently, he is poetry editor at Foundry and giving creative advice at The Reading.
Jafreen Uddin was appointed Executive Director of the AAWW in January 2020. She is the first woman to lead the organization since its founding in 1991. With over a decade of experience working in the public sector, she specializes in communications, education, and fundraising.She most recently served as Deputy Director of Development for Special Events with PEN America, managing a high-level portfolio of events and cultivation activities. Prior to joining PEN America, she helped oversee Executive Education as an Assistant Director with NYU’s Stern School of Business, developing and coordinating both degree and non-degree programming for cohorts of senior-level executives.
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) is devoted to creating, publishing, developing and disseminating creative writing by Asian Americans, and to providing an alternative literary arts space at the intersection of migration, race, and social justice. Since its founding in 1991, it has been dedicated to the belief that Asian American stories deserve to be told. At a time when migrants, women, people of color, Muslims, and LGBTQ people are specifically targeted, it offers a new countercultural public space in which to imagine a more just future.
One World’s mission has always been to find books for readers who want to rethink the past, understand the present, and imagine new futures. Ideas & Action is our virtual conversation series, taking One World’s mission into a new space at this crucial moment.