Inventing the Asian American intellectual culture of tomorrow!



1. Emojis. squid
2. Inventing the future of Asian American culture. That and pearl milk tea.
3. Maxine Hong Kingston, Eddie Huang, Teju Cole, Junot Diaz, Claudia Rankine, Jhumpa Lahiri, Roxane Gay, Cathy Park Hong, Michael Ondaatje, Rinku Sen, Martha Rosler, Emily St John Mandel, Hanya Yanagihara, Jeff Chang, Tea Obreht, Himanshu Suri, Jenny Zhang, Amitav Ghosh, Ha Jin, and Zadie Smith. That's why they've read in our space.
4. The Margins. It's why we called our online magazine that.
5. Asian American stories. We're helping writers tell them.
6. Literature at the intersection of race, migration and social justice.
7. Reading Theresa Cha while bobbing our heads to Crayon Pop, Heems and MIA.
8. Telling the stories of low-income migrant communities in New York City. Check out if you don't believe us.
9. The opposite of the criminalization of immigration. If you're an artist who believes in migrant justice, we have one word for you: CultureStrike.
10. You. You can get in touch with us at and check out what we're up to at And of course submit stuff you like (and wrote) at

And if any of this sounds exciting, you can always donate today. We do all this with only two full-time staff. Even a few dollars can make a big difference!



What we believe: Founded in 1991, the Asian American Writers' Workshop is the preeminent national arts nonprofit dedicated to the belief that Asian American stories deserve to be told.

Our mission: We are dedicated to the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans.

We're a 21st century arts space devoted to literature at the intersection of race, migration and social justice. We host live events you won't forget—events that seek to create an ethnic counterculture that is radical in politics and bohemian in orientation. We publish the online arts and ideas magazine The Margins, which seeks to build a discourse that's anti-racist and transnational, avant-garde and community-based. We tell the stories of low-income Asian American communities via Open City. And we're incubating the next generation of Asian American writers through artist fellowships.


"I bow in gratitude to the Asian American Writers' Workshop for its invaluable service to the making of our literature and culture."Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Woman Warrior, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, and National Humanities Medal.

We've been namedropped in a Tao Lin novel. We’ve flown writers and activist to the Arizona border to protest unjust immigration laws. We threw Jhumpa Lahiri's first book party. In a time when China and India are on the rise and detention of immigrants, when Muslim and South Asian Americans are targeted by the War on Terror, when Asian Americans are the fastest growing immigrant group nationally and the poorest group in New York—we believe Asian American literature is vital to interpret our post-multicultural but not post-racial age.

Invited to the White House, tweeted about by Ai Wei-wei and Salman Rushdie, and covered by the New York Times, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal, we're trying to invent the future of Asian American intellectual culture.