The second experience I had was at a talk that bell hooks gave when she was on a book tour promoting KILLING RAGE. Ms. hooks was so powerful that night–really voicing her frustration and concern over the racism she saw and documented in her writing. She largely framed her talk around black-white issues of racism and anti-racism, and during the Q&A I got up the nerve to ask a question (I was still a first year graduate student and very much in awe of a living, breathing writer and feminist icon). I queried Ms. hooks as to the place of Asian Americans and other non-black racial minorities in advocating for change and working towards anti-racism in our society. Ms. hooks, asked my name, and then said…
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