Three Journals, One Night — AAWW’s Triple Magazine Launch

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1. AAWW Crowd! 2. Hari Kondabolu and “white chocolate.”

So you walked three flights of stairs. So you were sweating like a banshee (if banshees were to sweat). So the lower east side’s Projective Space’s A/C was imperceptible if existent. It’s summer, New York. You and hundreds of others had to go to the Asian American Writer’s Workshop’s triple magazine launch. Get used to it.

1. Aspiring writer Stephanie Fong, not-aspiring writer Elisa Gahng and Kim Sarabia, who is “halfway in the creative world.” 2. When Tao Lin and Star Wars combine.

The line-up: The Margins, Open City and Culture Strike. You got to see undocuqueer activist Julio Salgado’s screen prints, hear James Yeh (Gigantic) DJ some noise, marvel at workshop director Ken Chen’s rad shoes, and watch Tao Lin’s (Richard Yates) Koko the Gorilla slideshow.

1. Christina Xu, “Ken Chen asked me to talk about the future, Asian-Americans and the internet.” 2. Undocuqueer activists make their legal status known.

We snickered with comedian Hari Kondabolu (Das Racist) about the inherent racism of white chocolate, stepped into “Ambassador of Bhangra” DJ Rekha Malhotra’s world of essay and album art, got real about accidental Chinese hipsters with Christina Xu (Awesome Foundation) and slipped into the beauty of words with Queen’s Poet Laureate Ishle Park (The Temperature of This Water).

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Hari Kondabolu translates the ubiquitous party-ruiner, “No, where are you really from?”—“I’m a race detective and I’m here to solve the mystery of why you’re not white.”

Richard Yates

by Tao Lin

Temperature of This Water

by Ishle Yi Park

Hari Kondabolu

by Bartholomei Timotheos Crispinus


— Erika Anderson [text and images] moved to Brooklyn from Geneva, Switzerland. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts, contributes to Hunger Mountain and tweets for the Franklin Park Reading Series.

— Preston Merchant [images] is a New York-based photographer, working on IndiaWorld, a photography book about the global Indian diaspora. He contributes to Indian and Indian-American media and teaches as an adjunct at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Find him here.

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