A Claremont Colleges literary magazine
"You have to recognize that you’re dealing with a history that might be silenced or erased. Your voice may not give complete truth to that story or that object, but that’s where the imagination comes in. As Asian-American women, we have been the victims of white feminization for so long. Throughout the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, white people have had no problems with taking on a voice or being the authority on the experiences of Asians and Asian Americans. So, you really just have to give yourself permission when you have that experience. That experience of being in an Asian-American, feminine body can never be explained by a white perspective and yet it has been, again and again."
Sally Wen Mao is a Chinese-American poet, writer, and educator. Her most recent poetry collection, Oculus, explores digital technology and the Asian-American experience. Read the full interview by Becky Zhang here.
What makes a body
this tired, this removed
more the land’s than her own
possession – she never learned
how to govern it,
how to bind it or love it.
She lends herself to the earth
and leans into it now
to smell the soil for a second time
as if she’s forgotten
the sweet burn of dry hay
and September’s thick wood smoke.
Summer’s green gone,
she could stay here awhile;
today the grass is so loving,
the farmhouse so far
worlds away, at the top
of the hill.
“A lot of journalism is driven by opinion, and mine is too, but I don’t want the opinion to be the thing leading the piece. I just sort of want us [the reader and I] to get there together" - Culture critic and New Yorker Staff Writer Hua Hsu.
See the full interview here by Aditya Gandhi here: http://www.carelessmagazine.com/hua-hsu.html
"When folks drive past they read, COUNTY LINE.
Sometimes they read, CITY LIMIT.
Other times, KEEP OUT."
Check out the full poem here.