Facing Race Spotlight: Arts Activist Ken Chen

A lot of times, racial justice programs are often about liberal accommodation like, “How can we get into the elevator to go into the hierarchy?” With [AAWW], we ask how an alternative art space can imagine a version of Asian-American identity that’s weird, that’s different, that’s avant-garde in aesthetic and radical in politics. Something [we’ve] thought about a lot is how we can use more reflective, introspective interior modes like writing, poetry and fiction, and how they can be brought into the social justice movement.


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