Monthly Archives: May 2020

John Okada Featured in Documentary

The story of John Okada’s wartime work in the U.S. Military Intelligence Service is now airing nationwide in a new film on PBS. The filmmakers of The Registry, Bill Kubota and Steve Ozone, flew out from Detroit seven years ago to speak with me about the author of No-No Boy. John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy received the American Book Award in 2019.

New Yorker Profiles Classic Anthology of Asian-American Writing

The New Yorker has published a retrospective article to mark the publishing of the latest edition of Aiiieeeee!: An Anthology of Asian American Writers, including details of Shawn Wong and Ishmael Reed’s early involvement in the development of the anthology:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/01/06/the-asian-american-canon-breakers

Ishmael Reed Addresses Tokenism In Literature

Published by the Amsterdam News, Reed’s latest article details his experiences and perspectives working in multicultural arts circles.
http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2020/may/09/going-global/?page=1

Re-Imagining the Black Body: Race, Memory, and the Excavation of Freedom Now

Author, activist, Prof. Frank B. Wilderson III (U.C. Irvine), and broadcast journalist, Justin Desmangles (Chairman, Before Columbus Foundation), discuss in-depth a range of critical issues facing Black America and the African Diaspora.

Library of Congress interviews Joy Harjo

Harjo’s Crazy Brave received the American Book Award in 2013. She sits on the Before Columbus Foundation’s Board of Directors. The poet laureate answers questions about the role of poetry in current social crisis:

https://blogs.loc.gov/catbird/2020/03/a-larger-context-that-reveals-meaning-an-interview-with-poet-laureate-joy-harjo/?fbclid=IwAR3j-duPJQgO1hkDXyKX4RA40dnE8tgrMMFFspZa1DdK_pVr-TQLh_xmA2s

Profiles of UC Irvine Professor Frank B Wilderson

He is professor of Drama and African American studies at the University of California, Irvine. His book Incognegro:
A Memoir of Exile & Apartheid
received the American Book Award in 2008. Highlights of his work at UC Irvine can be read below:

https://www.humanities.uci.edu/SOH/calendar/story_details.php?recid=1934&fbclid=IwAR1anDbrFs0CHLIf8iqmJBCzn-ZrO79phoM4b__qp6JVqSIiuKFEL35xpE4

His research profiled by Orange Coast:

https://www.orangecoast.com/snapshot/radical-thinker-at-uc-irvine-spreads-afropessimism-wherever-he-goes/?fbclid=IwAR1N7LxMVzcIX4eDDQMSju54kw0UPQ5gyJFJOsFCvTstsKngYz7gWxxfkno

New York Times interviews Frank B. Wilderson

Wilderson answers some questions about his latest book Afropessimism.
He is professor of Drama and African American studies at the University of California, Irvine. His book Incognegro:
A Memoir of Exile & Apartheid
received the American Book Award in 2008.

Marlon James receives Inaugural Ray Bradbury Prize


Marlon James’ fourth novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the winner of The LA Times’ inaugural Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, is his first foray into fantasy. James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings received the American Book Award in 2015. He now sits on the Board of Directors for the Before Columbus Foundation.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2020-04-17/times-book-prize-winner-marlon-james

The Controversial Origin of Asian-American Studies

Professor of English at University of Oregon Tara Fickle’s foreword to the latest edition of Aiiieeeee!: An Anthology of Asian American Writers has been made available to read online. The anthology is credited as one of the founding texts of Asian American studies as an academic field, and includes the work of Shawn Wong, a founding member of the Before Columbus Foundation.

From The Paris Review:
https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2020/01/15/the-controversial-origin-of-asian-american-studies/

Tommy J. Curry Receives Josiah Royce Prize

The Josiah Royce Prize in American Idealist Thought is to be awarded not more than once every five years for a major study in Idealism or other aspects of Roycean thought. Dr. Tommy J. Curry received the 2020 Josiah Royce Prize for his book Another white Man’s Burden: Josiah Royce’s Quest for a Philosophy of white Racial Empire.

Curry’s The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood received the American Book Award in 2018.

https://www.roycesociety.org/prizes.html?fbclid=IwAR0EdPfFFjaq4HUdlzi_RPL0o7UYIYV6lndqjRBzzCXdOFqlO9iqhiIPhEo