If you’re like most Asian Americans, you grew up in an immigrant family. Your mother and father struggled to make ends meet. They raised you. They relied on you for English. Maybe you were a reader, but it never occurred to you that you should be able to recognize them and yourself in the movies you watch and the novels you read. Maybe you thought you could become a writer and tell that story. You thought that studying in school and working hard on your manuscript were enough to get you published, but you didn’t realize that writing is the easy part of being a writer.
- Did you know that than only 5% of the reviewers and the authors reviewed in The New York Times Book Review and C-SPAN’s After Words are writers of color?
- You could turn to local arts groups for support, but these organizations get their financial support and programmatic priorities from foundations, grantmakers and large donors. Did you know that three-fourths of the top 100 foundations have zero Asian Americans board members? In fact, none of the top 100 foundations employ an Asian American executive director, president, or CEO.
- Did you know that less than half of 1% of philanthropic dollars goes to Asian Americans—even though Asian Americans comprise one in 20 Americans and more than one in ten New Yorkers? Those that do fund Asian American groups almost entirely focus on direct service organizations. Almost no philanthropic dollars are invested in the infrastructure of Asian American arts.
Our culture is losing the majority of the stories and ideas of the fastest growing ethnic group in America—Asian Americans. Here’s where you come in. Where foundations and publishing houses have failed, you can step in and make an investment that says that, like us, you believe that the Asian American story deserves to be told. Please donate.
They also have great Writing Workshops if you are in NYC.
These are the scholarships and contests listed on Marie Myung-Ok Lee‘s Facebook page. Follow her to get updates.
Scholarships for Adopted Korean Children.
Pen New England contest for children’s book writers.
Got the volunteer jones? http://OccupyWriters.com/ needs new volunteers. “Bookish, familiar w/ broad range of writers, able to devote some time. write occupywriters@gmail.”
p.s. Here are books by author Marie Myung-Ok Lee and other great and Award Winning Asian American Children’s and Young Adult authors:
To examine or purchase ANY book, please click on image of book.
Here are winner from the Asian American Writer’s Workshop:
To view any book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book.
|List of Winners|
|Paul Yoon||Once the Shore||Sarabande Books, 2009|
|Minal Hajratwala||Leaving India: My Family’s Journey From Five Villages to Five Continents||HoughtonMifflinHarcourt, 2009|
|Ronaldo V. Wilson||Poems of the Black Object||Futurepoem Books, 2009|
|Jason Koo *||Man on Extremely Small Island||C&R Press, 2009|
|Jhumpa Lahiri||Unaccustomed Earth||Knopf, 2008|
|Sesshu Foster||World Ball Notebook||City Lights Books, 2008|
|Leslie T. Chang||Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China||Spiegel & Grau, 2009|
|Mohsin Hamid||The Reluctant Fundamentalist||Harcourt, 2007|
|Vijay Prashad||The Darker Nations||New Press, 2007|
|Sun Yung Shin||Skirt Full of Black||Coffee House Press, 2007|
|Ed Lin *||This Is a Bust||Kaya Press, 2007|
|Linh Dinh||Borderless Bodies||Factory School, 2006|
|Amitav Ghosh||Incendiary Circumstances: A Chronicle of the Turmoil of Our Times||Houghton Mifflin, 2006|
|Samrat Upadhyay||The Royal Ghosts||Houghton Mifflin, 2006|
|Gene Luen Yang*||American Born Chinese||First Second Books, 2006|
|Jeff Chang||Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation||Picador USA, 2005|
|Rattawut Lapcharoensap||Sightseeing||Grove Press, 2005|
|Shanxing Wang||Mad Science in Imperial City||Futurepoem Books, 2005|
|Ed Bok Lee *||Real Karaoke People||New Rivers Press, 2005|
|Brian Leung||World Famous Love Acts||Sarabande Books, 2004|
|Suketu Mehta||Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found||Alfred Knopf, 2004|
|Srikanth Reddy||Facts for Visitors||Univ of California Press, 2004|
|Ishle Yi Park *||The Temperature of this Water||Kaya Press, 2004|
|Mei-mei Berssenbrugge||Nest||Kelsey St. Press, 2003|
|Monique Truong||The Book of Salt||Houghton Mifflin, 2003|
|Vijay Vaitheeswaran||Power to the People||Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2003|
|Patrick Rosal *||Uprock, Headspin, Scramble and Dive||Persea Books, 2003|
|Walter Lew||Treadwinds: Poems and Intermedia Texts||Wesleyan University Press, 2002|
|Meera Nair||Video: Stories||Pantheon Books, 2002|
|Julie Otsuka||When the Emporer Was Divine||Alfred A. Knopf, 2002|
|Ed Lin *||Waylaid||Kaya Press, 2002|
|Alexander Chee||Edinburgh||Welcome Rain Press, 2001|
|Luis H. Francia||Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago||Kaya Press, 2001|
|Christina Chiu||Troublemaker and Other Saints||Little, Brown and Company, 2001|
|Don Lee *||Yellow||W.W. Norton, 2001|
|Ha Jin||Bridegroom and Other Stories||Pantheon, 2000|
|Eugene Gloria||Drivers at the Short Time Motel: Poems||Penguin, 2000|
|Akhil Sharma||An Obedient Father||Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2000|
|Nick Carbo *||Secret Asian Man||Tia Chucha Press, 2000|
|Eric Gamalinda||Zero Gravity||Alice James Books, 1999|
|Chang-rae Lee||A Gesture Life||Riverhead Books, 1999|
|Bino Realuyo *||Umbrella Country||Ballantine, 1999|
|Susan Choi||The Foreign Student||HarperCollins Publishers, 1998|
|Arthur Sze||The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-98||Copper Canyon Press, 1998|
|Mei-mei Berssenbrugge||Endocrinology||Kelsey Street Press, 1997|
|Lois-Ann Yamanaka||Blu’s Hanging||Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997|