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(Note: following this essay is a list of resources, including books about Situating Asians in America, available at The Lift Up’s shop on bookshop.org*)

A year ago, my co-host Tamara penned a letter to our listeners on behalf of The Lift Up in response to the continued murders of Black Americans for whom we still are seeking justice today — Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, among the “long list of names of dead Black Americans who were only trying to live their lives or denied legal due process.”

So now, it is surreal to find ourselves in…


Dad,

If I haven’t said so before, thank you for raising me on your own for the four years that our family’s immigrant story separated us from mom. Being a dad raising two girls on his own — and during our formative years at that (sis from ages 6–10, and me from ages 8–12) — is hard enough. It was you who helped me buy my first stick of deodorant, my first training bra, my first maxi pad, my first bottle of Noxema acne wash. …


T: Happy Wednesday! I’m Tamara Crawford, here with Vina Orden. And this is The Lift Up podcast — inviting you to discover empowering reads by marginalized writers. In this Episode 3, we will discuss two works of poetry, The Tradition by Jericho Brown and Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong.

The Tradition by Jericho Brown, published in 2019, is an amazingly crafted book of poetry that seeks to explore varying facets of “tradition,” such as “the sonnet tradition, the tradition of racial injustice in this country [sic: the US], the tradition of continuing to plant gardens.” He explores…


(Note: Due to mic issues, choppy sections were excised from the audio recording but have been restored in this transcript.)

V: Happy Wednesday! I’m Vina Orden, here with Tamara Crawford. And this is The Lift Up Podcast — inviting you to discover empowering reads by marginalized writers. In this Episode 2 of Season 2, we’re discussing the book Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami.

Breasts and Eggs, published in Japanese in 2008 as Chichi to Ran, was originally a short novel awarded the 138th Akutagawa Prize. In 2019, Kawakami published the novel Natsu monogatari, a longer rewritten version of Chichi…


(Note: check out our list of Books on Antiracism, Black History, and Black Liberation, which you may purchase through The Lift Up’s shop on bookshop.org*)

T: Happy Wednesday! I’m Tamara Crawford, here with Vina Orden. And this is The Lift Up podcast — inviting you to discover empowering reads by marginalized writers. Welcome to Season 2, Episode 1. In this episode, we start off our season with the book Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson.

Red at the Bone, published in 2019, is a beautifully written, complex story that explores identity, gentrification, education and ambition, class and status, and…


(Note: following this transcript is a list of other books by Mexican authors, which you may purchase through The Lift Up’s shop on bookshop.org*)

V: Happy Wednesday! I’m Vina Orden, here with Tamara Crawford. And this is The Lift Up Podcast, inviting you to discover empowering reads by marginalized writers. In this Episode #7, our final episode of the season, we’re discussing Fernanda Melchor’s English-language debut novel, Hurricane Season.

Melchor is a Mexican writer who was born in Veracruz, which figures in the book as the fictitious setting Villagarbosa. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in major Mexican newspapers…


T: Happy Wednesday! I’m Tamara Crawford, here with Vina Orden. And this is The Lift Up Podcast — inviting you to discover empowering reads by marginalized writers. In this Episode #6, our penultimate episode of the season, we’re discussing two amazing books, The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin and Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.

Friday Black, published in 2018, is a collection of short stories that defy genre conventions, with an almost Black Mirror feel to them. Some are set in a recognizable present-day, and others hint at near-futures. …


The Lift Up podcast’s guide to fiction, nonfiction, & poetry by Pilipin* American writers

Since 1992 — when Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) founders, the late Dr. Fred Cordova and his wife Dr. Dorothy Laigo Cordova, first introduced the resolution — October was declared Filipino/a/* American History Month (FAHM) and was officially recognized nationally in 2009. FANHS underscores that FAHM is purposefully history rather than heritage month, since “‘History’ encompasses the experiences and events that have shaped our lives, as well as culture and heritage.”

Today, Pilipin* Americans comprise the second largest Asian American group in the nation and the third largest ethnic group in California. Yet, as Dr. …


The Good Immigrant US & UK on The Lift Up podcast
The Good Immigrant US & UK on The Lift Up podcast

V: Happy Wednesday! I’m Vina Orden, here with Tamara Crawford. And this is The Lift Up Podcast — inviting you to discover empowering reads by marginalized writers. In this Episode #5, we’re discussing both the US and UK versions of The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla.

The UK version, released by crowdfunding publisher Unbound in 2016, won the Readers Choice Award at the inaugural Books Are My Bag Readers Awards and was shortlisted for the British Book Awards. The US version, published in 2018, was listed as The Guardian’s Must Read Book of 2019.” …


(Note: following this transcript is a list of resources and other books by Caribbean authors, which you may purchase through The Lift Up’s shop on bookshop.org*)

T: Happy Wednesday! I’m Tamara Crawford, here with Vina Orden. And this is The Lift Up Podcast — inviting you to discover empowering reads by marginalized writers. In this Episode #4, in celebration of Jamaica’s Independence on the 6th of August, we’re discussing Nicole Dennis-Benn’s novel, Patsy.

Nicole Dennis-Benn was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. She is the founder of the Stuyvesant Writing Workshop and lives with her wife in Brooklyn, New York…

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