Event Recap – Asian American Stories: Diversity, Defiance, and Dignity

On December 12, USCET held the largest event yet in its popular Asian American Authors Series. Focusing on Asian American Stories: Diversity, Defiance, and Dignity, the webinar featured iconic Chinese American writer Maxine Hong Kingston and her former student, Pulitzer Prize-winning Vietnamese American author Viet Thanh Nguyen, with literary critic Professor King-Kok Cheung as moderator. Their lively conversation explored issues from identity and migration to family trauma and personal struggles, war and peace, and colonialism in its many forms. They looked critically at the American dream and what it means to be Asian American and a writer. The audience was treated to an engaging, warm, candid and wide-ranging conversation between teacher and former student, two of the greatest literary minds in the United States, exploring the American experience. Please enjoy the video recording!