"Is there an Asian American Literature?” A Writer's Dialogue with Cathy Linh Che and Kanishk Tharoor

Wells Fargo Auditorium in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
6:00 pm

How does our identity inform what we write? Join Nevada Humanities at the Wells Fargo Auditorium in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at 6 pm for a great conversation about identity and race in contemporary writing.  Moderated by Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, this event will be a conversation between poet Cathy Linh Che and fiction writer Kanishk Tharoor, as they explore how, and in what ways, their work is affected by the label “Asian American.” The dialogue between these acclaimed writers will allow the audience to ponder concepts of race, gender, and sexuality in identity and literature. 

Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split, winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Best Poetry Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. A founding editor of the online journal Paperbag, she is Sierra Nevada College’s 2016–2017 Distinguished Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence. Che is also the Executive Director of Kundiman, a national organization that supports Asian American creative writing.

Kanishk Tharoor is the author of Swimmer Among the Stars. He is also the presenter of “Museum of Lost Objects,” a ten-part BBC radio series on cultural destruction in Iraq and Syria on BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service in 2016. His pieces on politics and culture have appeared in publications around the world, including the New York Times, The Guardian, The National, The Hindu, Caravan, NewYorker.com, Los Angeles Review of Books, Al Jazeera America, Roads & Kingdoms, Foreign Policy, Cairo Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Guernica

This event is part of the program Asias Beyond Asia: A Series on Migration and Diaspora, curated by Meredith Oda (Department of History) and Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan (Department of English) as part of the Faculty Curators series of the Gender, Race, and Identity Program at the University of Nevada, Reno. The event is co-sponsored by Nevada Humanities, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Hilliard Endowment, and the UNR Department of Core Humanities.