With hundreds of people thronging to the southern shores of Europe every day, and scores of rescues--and deaths--taking place on a daily basis on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, the refugee crisis on the Mediterranean often seems like a horror to which the world somehow remains blind. One man on the island has made it is his life's work to help us see. As the optician of Lampedusa, he has witnessed, mourned, and reached out to the people he's encountered on the sea, and he's begun telling his story.
Have you ever seen a real Indian?
Cuba-based writer Argenis Osorio explores the act of flight, and death, in a city whose history runs across many ages.
Briana Ureña-Ravelo comes from a Dominican American family that resettled in the midwest, and through her poetry she reflects on an ancestral homeland that exists largely in her imagination.
Elena of Avalor is Disney’s new princess. She has been branded as the “First Latina Princess,” and hailed as a milestone for diversifying the Disney brand, and also reaching out to one of the fastest-growing consumer markets (and youngest demographics) in the country. She’s basically a brown-tinted version of the generic template: sparkly dress with baroque-slash-victorian aesthetics, the hint of an hourglass shape without distracting cleavage, wavy brunette hair betraying no ethnic peculiarities, and of course, a tiara.
“It was almost accidental,” says Bocafloja, on how he got into hiphop as a teenager in the 1990s.
At the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s 2016 Publishing Conference, Chris Jackson, publisher and editor-in-chief of the One World imprint of Random House, accepted the Workshop's editorial achievement award. His speech, excerpted in part below, broached issues that many writers and artists encounter when negotiating cultural boundaries.