Go Home! A celebration of a new anthology of Asian diasporic writing
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Feminist Press in conjunction with Asian American Writers' Workshop present
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Esmé Weijun Wang celebrating:
A book Release Party for
Edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Foreword by Viet Thanh Nguyen
published by The Feminist Press
Asian diasporic writers imagine "home" in the twenty-first century through an array of fiction, memoir, and poetry. Both urgent and meditative, this anthology moves beyond the model-minority myth and showcases the singular intimacies of individuals figuring out what it means to belong.
Go Home! is published in collaboration with the Asian American Writers' Workshop. Established in 1991, AAWW is a national not-for-profit arts organization devoted to the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans through a New York events series and online editorial initiatives.
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is the author of the novel Harmless Like You. She has a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She was an Asian American Writers' Workshop fellow, and her short work has appeared in Grant, the Guardian, Guernica, Apogee, and the White Review, among other places. She has received residencies from the Gladstone Library and Hedgebrook.
Esmé Weijun Wang is an essayist, the author of The Border of Paradise: A Novel, and the recipient of the 2016 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she received her MFA from the University of Michigan and has been awarded the Sudler Award, Hopwood Award for Novel-in-Progress, and the Elizabeth George Foundation Grant. Her work has appeared in Salon, Elle, Catapult, Hazlitt, the Beliver, and Lenny Letter.
What has been said about Go Home!
"The notion of home has always been elusive. But as evidenced in these stories, poems, and testaments, perhaps home is not so much a place, but a feeling one embodies. I read this book and see my people—see us—and feel, in our collective outsiderhood, at home." —Ocean Vuong, author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds
"There is a whole range of expression in this book, delving deeply into the manifold experiences of being a perpetual alien. To be from nowhere is the state of Asian diaspora, but there is also a wild humor and imagination that comes from being underestimated, rarely counted, hardly seen. Here, we begin to draw the hopeful outlines of a collective history for those so disparate yet often lumped together." —Jenny Zhang, author of Sour Heart
“Go Home! is a bold, eclectic chorus that provides an invigorating antidote to the xenophobia of our times.” —Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being
“This anthology displays the colors of the liminal—half-tones and undertones mixing the wry, the irreverent, the outraged, the lyric, and the longing. A composite portrait of the Asian diasporic experience today.” —Monica Youn, author of Blackacre: Poems
"Hats off to Rowan Hisayo Buchanan for putting together such a rich and diverse anthology. In these dark times, we need these voices and stories more than ever." —Jessica Hagedorn, author of The Dogeaters
“In this new and daring collection, I find myself reliving moments of heartbreak that can only come from living in between two cultures—but also feeling profound relief in discovering I am not alone in these private burdens and joys. Go Home! should be celebrated, as reading it is a homecoming in itself.” —Yumi Sakugawa, author of There Is No Right Way to Meditate: And Other Lessons