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On March 28th, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU hosted an exciting launch event for H.T. Tsiang’s The Hanging on Union Square, which Tsiang originally self-published in 1935. C0-sponsored by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, the Asian American Arts Alliance, and the Museum of Chinese in America, the lively event featured an introduction by the book’s editor Floyd Cheung, more contextualizing by Hua Hsu, the book’s opening performed to a Duke Ellington song by Soomi Kim, a selection of readings by dramatist Nicky Paraiso, and a Occupy Wall Street-esque reading by Ken Chen. The books arrived just in time for the packed event, and were completely sold out — along with other Kaya Press books, during a fun reception. Huge, huge thanks to all the readers, and especially to mastermind Amita Manghnani. This week, Hanging continues to be in the spotlight, with Hua Hsu’s wonderful Introduction published in the Slate Book Review! (Photographs courtesy of A/P/A Institute.)

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