“Writing for me tends to be closely bound up in the exploration of my identity as an Asian American . . . To me to write well is to battle stereotypes. To write well is to create three-dimensional characters that seem human.”

–David Henry Hwang

“You write about Sacramento so affectionately and with such care.”

“I was just describing it.”

“Well it comes across as love.”

“Sure, I guess I pay attention.”

“Don’t you think maybe they are the same thing? Love and attention?”

–Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Our intention: To fight against stereotypes. To see and be seen. To pay attention to the ways in which we are different and the ways in which our values are universal. To find the richness in our traditions, to feel the sun on our skin.

‘Til then, friends.


With Gratitude,

The Editors

As I Am Launches in Four Days!


That’s right, folks–FOUR DAYS!

To get us all hyped, we’re going to spend the next few days briefly meditating on the four letters of PAAC before we drop the first post on Friday!  Today’s is Progressive.



“Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic self-hood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks–we will also find our path of authentic service in the world.”

–Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

“We have a world to conquer…one person at a time…starting with ourselves.”

–Nikki Giovanni

Our intention: Self-awareness is a radical act of self-love. Whether progressive in our politics or our theology or both, it is our intention that AsAm writers, young and old, can use this space for self-reflection both individually and communally, of our past and our present, so that we might better serve this beautiful, ailing, broken world.


Much Love,

The Editors