November 23, 2010
On October 25, I went back to my old high school, which of course meant I traveled back in time. I hadn’t set foot in the building in almost twenty years, and I’d forgotten that the auditorium was right by the entrance. What did feel familiar were the lockers, rows and rows of lockers, banks of them painted in red and blue and orange.
Every year, Ocean Township High School recognizes academic achievement at the Spartan Scholar ceremony, and this year, they were kind enough to invite me as a guest speaker. Appearing below are some pictures and the speech I delivered. The latter portion of the speech includes my “Backstory” piece.
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November 9, 2010
The good folks at The Nervous Breakdown are currently featuring me on their home page and in the Fiction section for the following:
November 4, 2010
I’ll be partaking in the second annual Page Turner Festival, the Asian American Literary Festival presented by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Check out my event below and be there!
OPEN CITY: The Diaspora Next Door
November 7, 4pm – powerHouse Ground Floor
So say you head out to Flushing for the food and New Jersey to see your fam, but who’s telling the stories of the immigrant communities, whose stories are often obscured by language barriers and economic segregation? Luis Francia, Hari Kondabolu, and Sung Woo will act as your tour guide through the diasporic landscape of Mom-and-pop shops, strip malls, and cart food in the outer boroughs and Jersey, the honorary borough. Asian American Literary Award winner Luis Francia’s new chapbook is populated by manongs, teen rappers, and a comfort woman relocated to Queens. Stand up comic Hari Kondabolu–star of Comedy Central and “a national comedic treasure” (The Stranger)–talks about coming of age in Queens. And Sung J. Woo’s Everything Asian features a Korean American family running a shop in a depressed New Jersey town. Reading headlined by Organizing Fellows of the Workshop’s OPEN CITY: Blogging Urban Change, an innovative anti-gentrification blog featuring writers gathering testimony from immigrants in Chinatown, Sunset Park and Flushing.