Immigrating to the U.S., Biracial Identity, Patriotism, What Defines Citizenship, Asian American Writers with Nina Li Coomes
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Nina Li Coomes is a writer based in Chicago. Nina grew up in Japan and I grew up in China, so we talk about our experiences immigrating to the U.S. and growing up in the U.S.. We also talk about her writing, language barriers in activism, talking to Asian parents about politics, public school education, patriotism, citizenship, national borders, books recs from Asian American authors, and how hot Gong Li is!
(2:30) - Nina introduces herself and her writing.
(5:00) - Nina's newest essay on Chicago public schools.
(12:00) - Immigrating to the U.S. from Japan, living as a mixed race child in the U.S. and Japan.
(18:00) - The importance of translation and reducing language barriers in activism.
(20:00) - Having political conversations with Asian parents
(23:00) - Patriotism, Imagined Communities
(27:00) - How is citizenship awarded, when is it taken away, how do you prove you're a citizen? Chinese citizenship.
(30:00) - Regional dialects.
(32:00) - Nina's book recs by Asian American authors!
(34:15) - Asian American representation in literature and film. Amy Tan, Crazy Rich Asians, The Half of It, Mulan.
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