#201 – Year of the Tiger: An Activist’s Life by Alice Wong

On this episode, we discuss our Books & Boba November 2022 book club pick, Year of the Tiger: An Activist’s Life by Alice Wong, a memoir by the founder and director of Disability Visibility Project, about her life growing up as a person living with disability as well as a Chinese American in the mid-west, her work in activism and advocacy, and all the food and geeky pop cultural things that she loves. The book is also as a great resource for those looking  for ways to be a better ally to the disabled community.

Check out Alice’s work and additional resources for the book at: https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/ 

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#199 – Translator Chat w/ Anton Hur

We’ve talked to many authors on Books & Boba, we’ve also read a few translated works for book club, but for the first time, we’re talking to a translator directly! On this episode, we welcome Anton Hur, the English language translator of Baek Sehee’s hit memoir I Want to Die But I Want to Eat Tteokbokki: A Memoir. We chat with Anton about he became a literary translator and how he approaches his work translating the words of other authors.

Follow Anton on Instagram @antonhur

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This episode is sponsored by Audible Theater Presents: Good Enemy

Played by Obie Award winner Francis Jue (Pacific OverturesSoft Power), a father learns that closing the door to his past means shutting his daughter out in Good Enemy, a haunting and hopeful world premiere play from Yilong Liu. Performances for this smart, thrilling limited engagement begin October 25 at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York

Act now to save 25% on tickets using the code BOBA25

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#198 – The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun

On this episode, we discuss our Books & Boba October 2022 book club pick, The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun, a psychological thriller about a man who wakes up from a coma after suffering debilitating injuries after surviving a car crash that kills his wife and finds himself dependent on his grieving mother-in-law who he’s not sure he can trust. It’s a story about the terror of not being about to control your own body, and at the same time, a story about toxic masculinity as well.

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Played by Obie Award winner Francis Jue (Pacific OverturesSoft Power), a father learns that closing the door to his past means shutting his daughter out in Good Enemy, a haunting and hopeful world premiere play from Yilong Liu. Performances for this smart, thrilling limited engagement begin October 25 at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York

Act now to save 25% on tickets using the code BOBA25

Get your tickets now at: goodenemyplay.com

#197 – Author Chat w/ Ryan Lee Wong

On our latest author chat, we sit down with Ryan Lee Wong to chat about his debut novel Which Side Are You On? A story about a young Asian American man, struggling to live up to his ideals as an activist in today’s world, who finds inspiration and frustration through conversations with his mother, who has a history in activism herself, as they drive around Los Angeles. We chat with Ryan about his real life inspirations for the story, his thoughts on activism, and why LA has the best Korean food in the country.

Follow Ryan on instagram at @ryanlwong and check out her novel Which Side Are You On? on sale now!

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#196 – October 2022 Book News

On this episode, we highlight the latest book and publishing news in Asian American literature for our October 2022 mid-month check-in, including checking in on some bookstore drama and unionizing in the publishing world.

New books and authors mentioned in our publishing news:

  • Homeseeking by Karissa Chen
  • Red by Cherry Zong
  • Prodigy by Cyrena Lee; illust by Julia Kuo
  • The Magic Lunch Box by Hanna Kim; illust by Emily Paik
  • My Mama Is a Work of Art by Hana Acabado
  • The Healers of Harlem: The Lost History of the Black Women Medical Pioneers in America’s First Desegregated City Hospital by Nina Chhita
  • The Red Car to Hollywood by Jennie Liu
  • The Shadow and the Ghost by Cat Min
  • Divining the Leaves by Shveta Thakrar
  • Letters for My Brown Self by Sarah Mughal Rana
  • Leo’s First Vote by Christina Soontornvat; illust by Isabel Roxas
  • Mami King by Jacqueline Chio-Lauri; illust Kristin Sorra
  • Once Upon a Sari by Zenia Wadhwani; illust by Avani Dwivedi
  • Chinese Menu by Grace Lin
  • Little Night Says Goodnight by Grace Lin
  • Born Naughty: My Childhood in China by Jin Wang, with Tony Johnston; illust by Anisi Baigude
  • Welcome, Pink! by Laan Cham
  • The Red Roti written by Namita Moolani Mehra; illust by Beena Mistry
  • Scroll of Heaven by Shannon Lee & Fonda Lee
  • The Rainbow Bangles by Thushanthi Ponweera; illust by Maithili Joshi
  • The Rock in My Throat by Kao Kalia Yang; illust by Jiemei Lin
  • Making a Scene by Constance Wu
  • Everyone Hates Kelsie Miller by Meredith Ireland
  • If You Could See the Sun by Ann Liang

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#195 – Author Chat w/ Lygia Day Peñaflor

On this episode, we chat with author Lygia Day Peñaflor about her debut latest novel Creep: A Love Story, a story about a girl who might be too big a fan of her high school’s “it” couple. We chat with Lygia about her inspirations for the story and what it was like to get into the head of an extreme stan.

Follow Lygia on instagram at @lygiaday and check out her novel Creep: A Love Story on sale now!

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