I recently spoke with the Smithsonian to help teachers understand how we can bring Asian American voices, particularly those from the Lao experience, into the classrooms.
You can read the interview with me as well as the poet Craig Santos Perez, get some great book recommendations, find discussion questions for students, and watch a short film, “The Ark,” illustrated by Matt Huynh, and written and narrated by author Viet Thanh Nguyen.
Thanks go to Andrea Kim Neighbors, the Manager of Education Initiatives at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center who asked some very compelling questions!
Among my poems I discuss this time around are “Aftermaths,” “Burning Eden One Branch At A Time,” “The Last War Poem,” and “Narrative of the Nak’s Heirs” and how they intersect with war. immigration and the environment.