by Amanda Ong
As a poet and former cage fighter, Jenny Liou has a unique perspective on violence, both in the ring and out of it. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Seattle Public Library (SPL) will host a discussion between award-winning poet and writer Shin Yu Pai and Liou about her debut collection of poetry Muscle Memory. The collection brings together Liou’s time in the MMA cage with her Chinese American family’s history, as she reflects on violence in the cage and generationally.
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by Amanda Ong
On Monday, July 11, Shin Yu Pai’s podcast The Blue Suit premiered on KUOW with the first of eight episodes, which will play every Monday.
“Blue Suit is a new podcast with KUOW that centers Asian American stories,” Shin Yu Pai, writer and host of the podcast, said in an interview with the South Seattle Emerald. “This is a group of stories about curated objects, but the stories themselves become like their own objects in a way. And it’s a way to kind of expand the archive, whose stories get told, whose objects get collected.”
Continue reading ‘The Blue Suit’ Podcast Tells Asian American Stories Through Objects
by Shin Yu Pai
there is a problem with
being single-issue activists
as erasure comes with its costs —
the commissioned calligraphers
made to vandalize their own
artwork after a month and a half
of labor, complied with managerial
concerns to control the public narrative,
citing instructions from “the city-state”;
Continue reading POETRY: Recognition
by Shin Yu Pai
I thought the show should be called Hey, Good Looking, but the marketing team for the the Wing Luke Museum voted in favor of the more lyric Where Beauty Lies. I’d been hired to write the narrative panels and introductory text for an exhibition organized around decolonizing beauty. Counting up the number of cosmetic and elective procedures I’ve undergone over the years, I felt at least some mild sense of disingenuousness. But part of why I signed up to help with the show was to make myself look more closely at some of my half-examined beliefs about beauty.
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by Jasmine J. Mahmoud
How do we sense at this time? With the onslaught of violence against Asian American and Asian Diasporic people, the horrifyingly regular state-sanctioned murders of Black and Brown people (including CHILDREN), and general harm towards those who our society minoritizes, I’ve been feeling numb and guilty in my inability to sense, as well as to post, donate, fight, and make sense of what’s going on. How do we sense well at this time?
Continue reading Sensing Out of Numbness: A Conversation With Shin Yu Pai