Ambiguously Brown: Interviews & Songs

Fuck, “I like Wu-Tang?” How‘m I supposed to break that shit down? Which side of the Dave Chapelle racial draft am I on? Perpetual question for someone like me who’s mixed or as I like to put it “ambiguously brown.” * My son Nikko Sencer-Mura and I examine the mixed race identities of four artists—including [Continue Reading...]

Outside the Box: Creating a Space for Mixed Race Identity – An Interview with Cat Thompson

by Cat Thompson, Tyrone Nagai, and Miles Tsue As part of Asian American Literary Review’s Mixed Race Initiative, psychologist Cat Thompson was interviewed by Tyrone Nagai about her experience of creating a weekly forum for bi/multiracial students, staff, and faculty at the University of California, San Diego. Miles Tsue performed the music.

Mixed Student Union: An Interview with Jasmine Williams

By Jasmine Williams and Tyrone Nagai As part of the digital resources of Asian American Literary Review’s Mixed Race Initiative, Jasmine Williams, chair of the Mixed Student Union at the University of California, San Diego, agreed to be interviewed by Tyrone Nagai.

Ordinary Guy (Afro-Filipino): An Interview with Joe Bataan

By Tyrone Nagai and Joe Bataan As part of Asian American Literary Review’s Mixed Race Initiative, Joe Bataan spoke to Tyrone Nagai about his life and career as the Afro-Filipino “King of Latin Soul” music. Video animation and editing were done by Anel Aguilar. Interview and research assistance was provided by Nelson Nagai. The songs [Continue Reading...]

Projects with Afghan-American Writers/Artists: Gazelle Samizay

Interview with Gazelle Samizay, conducted by Leila Nadir and Zohra Saed  Gazelle Samizay was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and now resides in Los Angeles. Her photographs and videos have been exhibited across the US and internationally, including Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Pakistan, U.A.E and the UK. In addition to her studio practice, she has [Continue Reading...]

Projects by Afghan-American Writers/Artists: Leila Nadir

Interviewed by Zohra Saed Leila Nadir is an Afghan-American artist, critic, scholar, memoirist, and co-founder of the art/theory ecoarttech collaborative, which recently completed a commission for the Whitney Museum of American Art. She earned her PhD in literature from Columbia University in 2009 and was Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at Wellesley College in 2010-2011. In [Continue Reading...]

Projects by Afghan-American Writers/Artists: Zohra Saed

Click here to open the gallery. Interview with Zohra Saed, conducted by Leila Nadir. Leila Nadir: What was your childhood like growing up mixed race? What were the challenges and the blessings? Zohra Saed: “You ain’t nuthin but a skinny little chink” was scrawled in my 5th grade autograph book, which was something we got [Continue Reading...]

Projects with Afghan-American Writers/Artists: Mir Tamim Ansary

Interview with Mir Tamim Ansary, conducted by Leila Nadir. Mir Tamim Ansary is the author of Games without Rules: The Often-Interrupted History of Afghanistan, Destiny Disrupted and West of Kabul, East of New York, among other books. For ten years he wrote a monthly column for Encarta.com and has published essays and commentary in the [Continue Reading...]

Projects With Afghan-American Writers/Artists: Ariana Delawari

Interview with Ariana Delawari, conducted by Zohra Saed Ariana Delawari is a multi-media artist. She is a musician, director, actress, and photographer. Delawari’s critically acclaimed album Lion of Panjshir was recorded in both Kabul and Los Angeles and was partially produced and mixed by filmmaker David Lynch. A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, [Continue Reading...]

Projects with Afghan-American Writers/Artists: Mariam Ghani

Interview with Mariam Ghani, conducted by Zohra Saed Mariam Ghani has been awarded the NYFA and Soros Fellowships; grants from the Graham Foundation, CEC ArtsLink, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the Experimental Television Center; and residencies at LMCC, Eyebeam Atelier, Smack Mellon, and the Akademie Schloss Solitude. Exhibitions and screenings include the Rotterdam, transmediale and CPH:DOX [Continue Reading...]