Tania Bruguera

This June, AAWW is launching three new magazines dedicated to what it’s like to be alive in the 21st century–when globalization and immigration are reinventing what it means to be both an American and a global citizen. We’re bringing you the intellectual counterculture of two-thirds of the world and we want you to be a part of it. Help celebrate our launch by posting photos of your immigrant parents and grandparents–or anyone else in your family!–to Twitter, along with a short narrative tweet that will tell us what the person in the picture means to you. Think Hemingway-six-word-story meets “My Parents Were Awesome.”

Of course, you don’t have to be Asian to enter our contest, read our mags, or write for us. You just have to be interested in great stories by great writers that you might not find in a media culture  in which  all but 5% of the writers reviewed in the New York Times Book Review are white. If you’re interested in us, we’re interested in you. And we’re interested in the people in your lives: whether it’s your Irish grandmother who came in from Ellis Island, your abuela or auntie–or even your boyfriend or girlfriend.

We’re thrilled to enlist artist Tania Bruguera to help us pick the best images and narratives. A Guggenheim Fellow whose work has been shown at the New Museum and profiled in the New York Times, Tania is one of the most recognized immigrant visual artists today–and the mind behind Immigrant Movement International–and she’ll pick the finalists, whose photos will be featured on specially printed tote bags we’ll give away as swag at our upcoming launch party.

Just by tweeting or posting your immigrant image and narrative, you’ll receive two tickets to our exclusive AAWW Launch Party on June 28 at Projective Space in the Lower East Side. You’ll get to mix and mingle with members of the postcolonial intelligentsia, hang with Ashok Kondabolu of Das Racist, and much more.

We’ll also be installing your photos, so show and tell us where you’re coming from. We’ll see you at the party and possibly even send your family’s immigrant narrative out onto the streets of New York as swag on the arms of other lucky partygoers. Click HERE to RSVP  and receive your two free tickets to our exclusive launch before they’re gone!

Here’s how you enter:

Tweet your family’s immigrant photographs and narratives and mention @aaww. Don’t have a Twitter account? You can also post your pictures and 140 character immigrant narratives to our Facebook wall.

All of your photographs and stories will be published on our social media sites and used in an art installation at our launch party on June 28th. Finalists will be printed on tote bags that will be given away at the launch party. One winner will get a special utterly one-of-a-kind prize, you have to come to the party to find out what it is though. We’re not telling…


Tania Bruguera
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
12:00 AM

Upcoming Events
October 25 6:00 PM
** POSTPONED** come meet me at the juncture of knee & history: Complicating (Auto)biographical Poetics, A Workshop with George Abraham
George Abraham
As writers in diaspora, the western imagination of the “lyric I” can impose harmful and reductive gazes unto our poetry. How do we wrestle with these narratives under the failed and limited imagination of empire? In this generative and discussion-based workshop led by poet George Abraham, we will look beyond respectability, linearity, and digestibility.
October 26 7:00 PM
Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic and Showcase
Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jaden Fields, Muriel Leung, féi hernandez
Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at our next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Curated and hosted by the magical Kay Ulanday Barrett and Jaden Fields! This month we’re featuring Muriel Leung and féi hernandez.
October 27 7:00 PM
AAWW at 30: Different Versions of Home
Jafreen Uddin, Snighda Sur, Cathy Linh Che, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis
For AAWW at 30, we'll celebrate with leaders of major Asian American organizations and publications the importance of finding a space of our own plus the literal and figurative definitions of home. Moderated by Cathy Linh Che of Kundiman, the panel features our very own Jafreen Uddin, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center, and Snigdha Sur of The Juggernaut.