Edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
"Go home!" is always a slur, but often also an impossibility; this collection explores the words' personal and political dimensions.
Publication Date: 03-13-18
Foreword by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Asian diasporic writers imagine “home” in the twenty-first century through an array of fiction, memoir, and poetry. Both urgent and meditative, this anthology moves beyond the model-minority myth and showcases the singular intimacies of individuals figuring out what it means to belong.
Go Home! is published in collaboration with the Asian American Writers' Workshop. Established in 1991, AAWW is a national not-for-profit arts organization devoted to the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans through a New York events series and online editorial initiatives.
“The notion of home has always been elusive. But as evidenced in these stories, poems, and testaments, perhaps home is not so much a place, but a feeling one embodies. I read this book and see my people—see us—and feel, in our collective outsiderhood, at home.” —Ocean Vuong, author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds
“There is a whole range of expression in this book, delving deeply into the manifold experiences of being a perpetual alien. To be from nowhere is the state of Asian diaspora, but there is also a wild humor and imagination that comes from being underestimated, rarely counted, hardly seen. Here, we begin to draw the hopeful outlines of a collective history for those so disparate yet often lumped together.” —Jenny Zhang, author of Sour Heart
“Go Home! is a bold, eclectic chorus that provides an invigorating antidote to the xenophobia of our times.” —Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being
“This anthology displays the colors of the liminal—half-tones and undertones mixing the wry, the irreverent, the outraged, the lyric, and the longing. A composite portrait of the Asian diasporic experience today.” —Monica Youn, author of Blackacre: Poems
"Hats off to Rowan Hisayo Buchanan for putting together such a rich and diverse anthology. In these dark times, we need these voices and stories more than ever." —Jessica Hagedorn, author of The Dogeaters
“In this new and daring collection, I find myself reliving moments of heartbreak that can only come from living in between two cultures—but also feeling profound relief in discovering I am not alone in these private burdens and joys. Go Home! should be celebrated, as reading it is a homecoming in itself.” —Yumi Sakugawa, author of There Is No Right Way to Meditate: And Other Lessons
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