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What does it mean to be a South Asian American writer in a predominantly white publishing world? What happens when one’s writing is seen as representing one’s community by others, and yet occupies a different (hybrid) space. This panel comprising different genres, with diverse connections to being South Asian in America, will delve into questions on writing and expectations--both internal and external--and tackle the complex issue of "who do we write for."
Asian American storytelling has frequently been interpreted under the white hegemonic gaze. This panel will look at Asian American writers of South Asian descent who often take risks in their writing—as outliers—pushing against the dominant literary narrative of their communities to examine conflicts, challenges, and innovations, that exist among them. Topics discussed will resonate with other cultural groups as well.