Outsider’s Within reading and book launch


[My reading last night at the OW book launch]

I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who helped with the OW book release and reading last night. It was an amazing event. So many people came that our auditorium could not hold everyone. We had two full rows of people on the floor because there were not seats enough for them all.

To everyone who came, thank you for supporting us. It has been a long 3 years coming but the packed house last night certainly made us feel that our voices are indeed being heard.

Thank you, Jane and Sun Yung for inviting me to be a contributor; thanks to Sandy White Hawk and her friends, Chris Leith, Jerry Dearly, Arvol Looking Horse, Dorene Day and to Kirk Crow Shoe and his drummers and to the dancers, Jackie and Terry and the others.

Thank you Amoke Kubot. Thanks to George and Bryan for documenting this historic event. Thanks to Peter, Christopher, John and Ka for supporting us both last night and for the past year as we’ve seen this book come to fruition.

Thanks to the First Nation’s Orphan Association and the University of MN departments: The Consortium for the Study of the Asias, The Institute for Global Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies and the Dance Program

Thank you, Ananya Dance Theatre members, for the beautiful and inspiring excerpts from Duubaar.

And thanks to my fellow contributors and readers last night: Kim, Shannon, Heidi, Bryan and Sandy.

Lovely Jane Jeong Trenka reading from the introduction.

Beautiful Sun Yung Shin, reading from the introduction.


As you can see, we were a packed audience last night.

Shannon Gibney reading before her performance with Ananya Dance Theatre.


The esteemed Kim Park Nelson reading from her piece.

Scenes from Ananya Dance Theatre

Ow_adt2 Ow_adt2_1

Heidi Adeslman reading from her piece in OW.


Sandy White Hawk, reading from her piece in OW.

Thank you Bryan for the photos. We needed one of your reading last night, but you were the one taking all the others. If anyone has a picture of Bryan, please share – he should be up here with all the others.

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

11 thoughts

  1. You all look fantastic! I’m getting all teary-eyed looking at all the photos. Wish I could have been there! Thanks to all of you for the great work you’re doing and for Outsider’s Within!

  2. This is so wonderful and I’m damn proud of you. You’ve all done such a tremendous job with this book, getting it out there and making people listen. I’m getting all verklempt too thinking about how much this means. Thank you for working so hard and for setting the record straight.

  3. I so wish I could have been there. It looks beautiful, as you all do. I’m sure you all blew that enormous audience away. I was really lucky to attend the Outsiders Within book event at Mills College, but I want to go to ALL of them. Congratulations, and thank you for being a part of a really powerful and important book.

  4. I second Sume’s comment. I was thinking about the event over the weekend and wishing I could have been front and center. Events like this make me miss the Twin Cities! Beautiful photos, beautiful people …

  5. UNNI–i wish to god I could have been there on Sat night. You all look beautiful! ^_^
    Your piece in OW was so great and revealing…I loved it…
    And, I will state the obvious: you and KPN are KAD goddesses…hahaha~

  6. I love the photos! Looks like the event was a great success. Like everyone above, I wish I could’ve been there. Sending you lots of hugs–and I know I owe you an e-mail….will do soon.

Share your thoughts

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s