Novelist R.O. Kwon on anti-Asian Racism and the Atlanta Shootings : Rough Translation In the wake of the shootings in Atlanta, a Korean-American writer reconnects with her own family.

"We Already Belong": A Conversation With R.O. Kwon

"We Already Belong": A Conversation With R.O. Kwon

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Smeeta Mahanti
Novelist R.O. Kwon talks about her letter to Asian women
Smeeta Mahanti

"To Asian women, not for—there's no speaking for us, splendidly vast and manifold as our people are." So writes Korean-American novelist R.O. Kwon in an essay in Vanity Fair. The essay explores the reasons that R.O. was unable to talk openly with her own mother about rising anti-Asian rhetoric and violence in the past year, and how she finally broke that silence.

In this episode, Rough Translation producer Justine Yan talks with R.O. about what the essay meant to her, and how to break familiar silences surrounding Asian American communities.

R.O. Kwon is the author of the bestselling novel, The Incendiaries, as well as co-editor of a new anthology, Kink: Stories.

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