Vietnamese Women Writers of the Diaspora

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200 Larkin Street

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She Who Has No Master(s) will celebrate the reissue of Dao Strom’s book of stories The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys (Counterpoint Press).

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She Who Has No Master(s) is a project of multi-voiced collectivity, hybrid poetics, encounters, in-between spaces and (dis)places of the Vietnamese diaspora. Through a collaborative art process and social interactions, this project endeavors to bring into concert the voices of women/womxn writers of the Vietnamese diaspora. For this event at the Asian Art Museum, She Who Has No Master(s) will celebrate the reissue of Dao Strom’s book of stories The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys (Counterpoint Press) with collaborative and individual readings by founding members of their collective—Angie Chau, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Aimee Phan, Dao Strom—followed by conversation and Q&A. Their presentation will focus on the lives and voices of contemporary Vietnamese American women, talking about love, work, motherhood, writing, and more.

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Dao Strom is the author of a bilingual poetry-art book, You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else; an experimental memoir, We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People; a song-cycle, East/West; and two books of fiction, The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys and Grass Roof, Tin Roof. She has received awards from the Creative Capital Foundation, RACC, the NEA, and others. She is the editor of diaCRITICS and co-founder of the arts collective, She Who Has No Master(s). www.daostrom.com

Aimee Phan grew up in Orange County, California and now teaches in the MFA Writing Program and Writing and Literature Program at California College of the Arts. She is the author of The Reeducation of Cherry Truong and We Should Never Meet, which was named a Notable Book by the Kiryama Prize in fiction and a finalist for the 2005 Asian American Literary Awards. A 2010 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, Aimee received her MFA from the University of Iowa. She has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, MacDowell Arts Colony, and Hedgebrook. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, USA Today, and Guernica, among others. www.aimeephan.com

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud is a professor in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and the author of This is All I Choose to Tell: History and Hybridity in Vietnamese American Literature, and co-editor of Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora. She is co-founder and executive director of DVAN and a co-founder of She Who Has No Master(s).

Angie Chau was born in Vietnam. She has lived in Malaysia, Italy, Spain, Hawaii, and currently resides in the Bay Area. Her debut collection, Quiet As They Come was described by The Dallas Morning News as a “fine collection of stories [that] does for immigrants from South Vietnam what Jhumpa Lahiri did for East Indians or Junot Diaz did for people from the Dominican Republic. She tells their truth.” Her work has appeared in BOMB Magazine, Ajar Journal, Indiana Review, Santa Clara Review, Night Train Magazine, and the Heyday Books anthology, New California Writing. She has been awarded a Hedgebrook Residency, an Anderson Center Residency, a Macondo Foundation Fellowship, and the UC Davis Maurice Prize in Fiction. She serves on the Board of Litquake and is a member of The San Francisco Writers' Grotto and DVAN. She is at work on a novel. www.angiechau.com

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