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Asian American Poetry Now

Asian American Poetry Now




October 21, 2007; 85 Minutes; Video

How are young Asian American poets grappling with some of the issues that have engaged the artists featured in One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now? Eight West Coast– and New York–based Asian American poets, from the same generation as the exhibition artists and with a comparable range of cultural backgrounds, read from work that parallels the “post-identity” premise of One Way or Another. Their poetry displays a range of exciting experimental styles that depart from the focus on identity politics that has marked the work of many Asian American poets since the 1960s.

Poet and UC Berkeley Ph.D. candidate Chris Chen, whose dissertation explores experimental currents within contemporary Asian American and African American poetry, will introduce and moderate the program. Featured poets are Barbara Jane Reyes, Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, Cathy Park Hong, Paolo Javier, David Lau, Eileen Tabios, and Truong Tran.