Craig Santos Perez talks about poetry as a social justice practice, communal storytelling, and the movement for a decolonial and demilitarized Pacific.
Community organizer and historian Alice Y. Hom talks about the political and personal process of starting a history podcast about queer and trans people of color, what nonprofits and community organizations face in the coming years, and how self-care and community care are at the core of how Alice imagines otherwise.
Podcaster and professor Karen Tongson chats about music and its relationship to place, the migratory and melodic flows between Manila and Los Angeles, how the Spice Girls can help us understand Adorno and Horkheimer, and the queer and transnational inspiration that Karen draws from her namesake, Karen Carpenter.
Chef and eco-educator Aileen Suzara discusses her journey into professional cooking, the familial stories she has uncovered connecting land to community and memory, the important role of Filipino farmers in the sustainability movement, and how Filipino cooks and farmers across the diaspora are creating some tasty ways to imagine otherwise.
Shanté Paradigm Smalls discusses their journey with Shambhala Buddhist Meditation, their research on the queer collision of race, gender, and sexuality in hip hop culture, building a critical practice around embodiment, and how working towards an enlightened society is critical to how they imagine otherwise.
What is the relationship between food insecurity, colonialism, and global warming? How can art intervene in these processes? Native Hawaiian artists Solomon Enos, Abigail Romanchak, and John Hina (Prime) share their experiences working with the 'Ae Kai Culture Lab coming up July 7–9 in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
How can shared space drive artistic, healing collaborations? How can art address global warming, gender identity, ancestral teachings, and the importance of local community? Indigenous artists Rosanna Raymond, Léuli Māzyār Lunaʻi Eshrāghi, and Ricky Tagaban share their experiences with the 'Ae Kai Culture Lab, July 7–9 in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
What if we designed art exhibitions around social justice community organizing principles? How can collaboration among artists, curators, scholars, and participants generate a radical art experience? Curators Kālewa Correa, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, and Adriel Luis share their experiences curating the 'Ae Kai Culture Lab, July 7–9 in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
Lila Sharif chats about the role of food in both transnational settler colonialism and resistance to it, how she gets students thinking about their own food histories, the complex dynamics of ethical consumerism and where we get our food, and decolonization as an embodied, everyday form of imagining otherwise.
Surbhi Malik talks about migrants’ complex place-making practices, mentoring students’ whole selves, how she went from hosting an American music radio show in India to hosting an Indian music radio show in the US, and how public projects like radio taught her how to identify and resist colonial legacies.
Emily Hue explains how Burmese performance artists navigate the asylum/refugee process, why academics should explore outlets beyond the academic monograph, what luxury hair markets and oil spill cleanup have to do with one another, and her contribution to this podcast’s giant wish list for imagining and creating better worlds.
Leah Milne considers how metafictional narratives by authors of color can provide a pedagogy of discomfort, how comics and graphic novels can spur the "good trouble" of social justice activism, and how she uses the classroom to teach radical empathy.
Tara Fickle explains why games and literature help us understand racial formation, how she built a video game about WWII Japanese-American internment, how emerging scholars can gain technological skills to create public, multimedia work, and how tarot and comics can get students to imagine different worlds.
Vince Schleitwiler on liberatory coalitions between Black and Asian communities in "the geography of the lost Afro-Asian century."
What does wellness and unwellness look like in the context of Asian America? In the context of academia? Mimi Khúc and Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis discuss Asian American mental health activism and how academia can better address parenting, mental health, and wellness.
Mimi Nguyen addresses imperialist US discourse of debt and freedom repeatedly attached to refugees, how Mimi is drawing unexpected artistic encounters between actor Keanu Reeves and Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön, and why communities of color are turning to tarot for activist inspiration and to imagine other ways of being in the world.
Wazhmah Osman addresses the politics of memoir, what the trauma of war does to archival research, and her critically acclaimed documentary film, Postcards from Tora Bora, which recounts Wazhmah's return to her childhood home of Kabul, Afghanistan nearly 20 years after her family fled Cold War violence.
Ronak Kapadia shares how Middle East, Arab, and South Asian artists are using visual culture to critique US empire, the relationship between social justice activism and ethnic studies/women's studies scholarship, and self-care and community care as disability/healing justice ways to imagine otherwise.
Minal Hajratwala on her genre-bending writing style, the joy of coaching other writers, and how to "write like a unicorn."
Nikiko Masumoto on queer feminist of color farming in California's Central Valley and creative entrepreneurship for rural artists.
Eric Tang chats about why the US state resettled Cambodian refugees in historically Black neighborhoods in the 1980s and 1990s, how urban spaces are shaped by slavery’s aftermath, and why scholars should join the vital movement for welfare rights.
Margaret Rhee talks about the magic that can happen when one brings art, activism, and academia together; her new poetry book Radio Heart: or, How Robots Fall Out of Love; and what teaching new media classes in prisons taught her about intersectionality.
Cathy Hannanach interviews Minh-Ha T. Pham about her new book about elite Asian fashion bloggers and the racialized, unpaid labor of fashion blogging.