Other - the anthology
It totally escaped my mind to tell everyone about the published of Other: an Asian & Pacific Islander Prisoners' Anthology. The Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC) had the book release on the night of my homecoming event at the end of March. Twenty-two prisoners and immigration detainees contributed to the anthology. They shared their thoughts through drawings, poetry, vingettes, and essays about their struggles behind bars. I appreciate the people who had brought the book. All the money goes to disaster relief funds and support political prisoners. We had been selling and promoting the anthology independently. (Actually, the Chinese newspaper The World Journal advertise the book for us.) The first printing of the book is almost gone, so we're getting ready to print more copies. We're hoping that some publishing company will pick up the press and mass produce it.
For those who are interested in getting the book, you can purchase it on myspace.com/asianprisoners.
There is a book reading scheduled for May 5th at the Eastwind book store in Berkeley. I'll announce the time and more information when I have more details.
I encourge everyone to buy the book or just check it out on the above link so we can learn more about APIs in prison. It is one way to stop the growing population of APIs in the prison system and minimize crimes in our community.