Open in Emergency: Asian American Mental Health with Tanwi Nandini Islam, Wo Chan & Mimi KhĂșc

Wednesday November 1, 2017
07:00 pm

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Published by the Asian American Literary Review, Open in Emergency: A Special Issue on Asian American Mental Health is a work of book art that decolonizes mental health and opens up a wealth of new approaches to care. Featuring a deck of tarot cards, a “hacked” mock DSM, a foldout testimonial tapestry and more, the issue works to reimagine what counts as unwellness and wellness in Asian American communities through a dynamic mix of writing, visual art, and interactive mini-projects. We welcomed guest editor Mimi Khúc and contributors Tanwi Nandini Islam and Wo Chan for an evening of readings, discussion and interactive tarot.


Presented in partnership with the Asian American Literary Review



Wo Chan is a queer poet and drag performer. Their work explores migration, beauty, gender, nature, and family, through a combination of text and stage performance. Wo has performed at National Sawdust, Dixon Place, New York Live Arts, Dixon Place, and the Architectural Digest Expo. They have received poetry fellowships from Kundiman, Asian American Writers Workshop, Lambda Literary, and Poets House. They are a 2017 NYFA Fellow in Poetry.


Tanwi Nandini Islam is the author of Bright Lines (Penguin, 2015), which was a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. She is the founder of Hi Wildflower Botanica, a small-batch niche perfume, candle and skincare line. Her writing has appeared in,, Open City, Women 2.0, and Gawker. A graduate of Brooklyn College MFA and Vassar College, she lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Mimi Khúc is a Vietnamese American scholar, teacher, and writer on race and religion, queer of color politics, mental health, and Asian American motherhood. She is the guest editor of Open in Emergency: A Special Issue on Asian American Mental Health.