Lucy Tan’s debut novel What We Were Promised is a story that follows the Zhen family has moved back to China after spending their lives chasing the American dream. Lucy explores heavy themes like classism, going from immigrant to an expat, and concepts of belonging, as US Today reviews, ““What We Were Promised” is bustling with themes like these, ones that focus on the terrifyingly complex facets of what it means to be Chinese-American, an immigrant, and an expat. But Tan certainly has enough bandwidth to handle these heavy topics, sifting them through a single family with forlorn honesty and compassion.” Kollaboration gets a chance to interview Lucy Tan about her writing process as an Asian American woman, her challenges of having a bilingual home as a writer, and ask her experience as a Asian American actress.
On Sunday, July 8 Kollaboration SF was invited to the NorCal Night Market Preview day at the International Hotel in San Francisco, CA.
Plan ahead and make sure to stop by all the great food spots during the NorCal Night Market, happening this weekend, Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29, 2018!
I am sitting in the middle of the fifth row of the Curran Theater in San Francisco. Elegantly shaped metals surround a looming stage, lit to resemble twilight. It is thirty minutes in to Soft Power, the brand new satirical stage experience, described in one account as “chocolate with a razer blade inside” and one unlike anything you’ve ever seen, created by Tony Award winner and AAPI arts hero David Henry Hwang and Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori. The show focuses on Xue Xing, a Chinese executive in 2016 America, falling in love with a free-spirited U.S. leader, their relationship changing them and how they view their countries.
R.O. Kwon’s debut novel The Incenteraries has been named “Most Anticipated Book of 2018” by many news outlets such as PBS, New York Times, and Entertainment Weekly. The anticipation and the press is well-deserved considering that she had been working on the novel for the past 10 years. I got the chance to talk to R.O. Kwon on the phone to discuss her influences, her sense of family and community, and even karaoke.
“Can Asian Americans succeed in Arts and Entertainment with prestige just like our fellow Asian American writers?” We discuss this question as Kollab SF starts a new miniseries interviewing Asian American authors who have new books coming out in 2018.