Chiang, a writer, artist and community/cultural
activist, will read excerpts from, 7
Continents 9 Lives, her anthology of poetry
spanning four decades of art and life.
work is complex. Born of anger, it is ultimately
optimistic about the importance of the artist as
a preserver and perpetuator of culture, and of
the self-determination of the individual in a
society in which pressures to conform persist.
Her unflinching sense of fairness and justice
and her intolerance of hypocrisy seem at odds
with her joie de vivre and good humor. In truth,
her tenacity and clear vision are the strength
of her work, both artistic and political.
in the backroom of a laundry in Queens by
immigrant parents from Guandong, China, Fay
writes from her experiences as a woman of color
from the working class. She believes culture is
a psychological weapon to reclaim our past,
define our present and to envision possibilities
for our future; that the development of culture
is an integral part of progressive social change
and social justice movements.