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Ed Lin Granted ‘Observer’ Status

Posted by on May 3, 2008 in Asian American, Ed, Writing | 3 comments

Ed Lin Granted ‘Observer’ Status

I’d figured this would happen sooner or later. During the Q&A at the Asia Society reading, I was called out by an elder stateswoman of Chinatown for being merely “an observer” not only of the place, but the time (1976). Sure, I hadn’t grown up in Chinatown. Sure, I don’t understand Cantonese and my Mandarin sucks. But apart from that, she wanted to know when my parents and grandfather came over! Shit, my whole family was under attack for not having street...

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And Now, You Will Pay. . .

Posted by on Apr 23, 2008 in Asian American, Ed, Writing | 1 comment

And Now, You Will Pay. . .

Me very funny. Everyone in the New York City area has had many chances to see me read from This Is a Bust free of charge. But if you want to see me read at the Asia Society on May 2nd, you’ll have to fork over at least $10. The reading will be followed by what will likely be an extremely lively Q&A session. Friday May 2, 2008, 7:00 PM Asia Society Friday Literary Salon Asia Society and Museum Auditorium 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street) New York City Cost: $10 members; $12 nonmembers;...

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Return to Columbia University!

Posted by on Apr 10, 2008 in Asian American, Ed, Writing | 2 comments

Return to Columbia University!

This campus looked like crap when I was here. Now it’s all clean! I had been by before to walk through campus, hit up Koronet for a jumbo slice and some bad service attitude, but Tuesday was my first day back in an undergrad class in 17 years. I got things going right by stopping at Tom’s Restaurant for a Broadway Special, an off-the-menu shake they make with coffee ice cream, some mint (I think) and other stuff. You order one of those and they know right away you’re an...

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Back to School!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2008 in Asian American, Ed, Writing | 1 comment

Back to School!

No, not here, the original site by Wall Street and ground zero. The one uptown. Next week, on Tuesday, April 8, I’ll be heading back to my alma mater, Columbia University, to talk to Gary Okihiro‘s class, which is called something like “Introduction to Asian American Studies.” Class is a little over an hour long, so I’ll just read for like 40 minutes or so and take questions from the students. Tell ya something, when I was there (class of ’91, mofo), a lot...

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Barnes & Noble Reading, Yes!

Posted by on Mar 27, 2008 in Ed, Writing | 2 comments

Barnes & Noble Reading, Yes!

Window Shopping Is Fun When You’re in the Display Well, I honestly didn’t know that it would be such a broad demographic of people who would show up! Friends and people from work that I see every day, people I’ve only met once, people I haven’t seen in years, and people I didn’t know. Check out these people: The reading itself went great. I felt powerful — strong enough to beat back the mortgage crisis with both arms behind my back. I gotta tell you, when...

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Waylaid, As I Never Could Have Imagined It

Posted by on Mar 22, 2008 in Asian American, Ed, Writing | 2 comments

Class was never quite like this. Wow, this is weird. This is really weird. Some kids took parts of my first novel Waylaid, including an excerpt from the Charlie Chan Is Dead 2 anthology that was titled “Late Bloomer,” and made a 10-minute video out of it. Who are you? Where did you come from? Why did you do...

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