In conjunction with Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin’s exhibition, “Like Water and Oil Never Assimilating,” Yasmin Majeed and Nadia Q. Ahmad will facilitate a discussion titled “Reading Silence.”
So often we think of Asian Americans as the ‘silent’ minority: “Passive,” “Model Minority,” “Assimilationist,” “Submissive.” How do Asian American poets explore, deconstruct and redeploy silence in their poetry? In this collaborative workshop, we will explore this question through readings (focused on poetry), discussion, and generative writing prompts. Through the work of Asian American writers––including Timothy Yu, Tarfia Faizullah, Franny Choi, and others––we will look beyond the limiting understanding of model minority and the trope of the passive Asian, and investigate what Asian American poets use silence to say.
AC Institute is wheelchair accessible.