Currently there’s no institutional space devoted expressly to poetry of the refugee experience. Let’s imagine one into existence together, for a day. Join the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Asian Arts Initiative, working in partnership with the Association for Asian American Studies, the Critical Refugee Studies Collective, Kundiman, the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA), and Temple University Press, to begin the process of dreaming.
We invite you to a One-Day Center for Refugee Poetics, a pre-launch or grand opening of a Center that doesn't yet exist, with an initial focus on the Southeast Asian refugee diaspora, exploring the arts and refugee experience, poetry and refugee communities, aesthetics and the refugee condition. With Ocean Vuong, Catzie Vilayphonh, Lan Duong, Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, SAADA, Kao Kue, Monica Sok, Cathy Linh Che, Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, Sham E-Ali Nayeem, Anida Yoeu Ali, Ananya Chatterjea, and Boone Nguyen.
CrRP is part of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center's 2018 Critical Conversation Series; it is also presented as part of Asian Arts Initiative's 25th anniversary celebration, May 3-6, 2018.
Visit asianarts25.org for more details and please plan to join us for the opening reception on Friday May 4th and stay for the Saturday night performance showcase on May 5th, and other programming throughout the weekend!
Refugee Poetry Biblio-a-thon
SAADA station (with First Days stories videos)
*The Boat* interactive web comic station
Paper plant cutting station
Temple University Press booth
SAADA First Days stories recording booth
Reading group/poem discussion
Performance showcase (featuring Ocean Vuong, Lan Duong, Cathy Linh Che, Monica Sok, and Catzie Vilayphonh)
"Memory work" workshop with Monica Sok and Cathy J. Schlund-Vials
Poetry workshop with Sham-e-Ali Nayeem and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay
Youth storytelling workshop with Kao Kue
Panel talk on refugee experience and the arts, with poet Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, poet Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, visual artist Boone Nguyen, and dancer/choreographer Ananya Chatterjea
Closing conversation: What is the CfRP? with poet Ocean Vuong, scholar Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, and curator Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis
Disappearance of The Red Chador: A Eulogy, by Anida Yoeu Ali
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/747986148741128/