Christine Chang Hanway
Below is a Q&A I did with the New York State Writers Institute for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I’ve tried to keep my blogs about history and the facts. This is probably the most personal statement I’ve produced to date. It’s not about the project so much as why I did it. I can’t say it speaks for all Asian Americans, but perhaps my struggle to understand my place in American society faced with issues like race, place, war, peace, justice and injustice might resonate with others.
NYS Writers Institute Graduate Assistant Kaori Otera Chen speaks with Setsuko Winchester, the creator of the "Freedom from Fear/Yellow Bowl Project," who has also worked as a journalist, editor and producer at NPR’s Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation.
Kaori: "I would like us to listen to the stories of the Americans who were excluded from the Four Freedoms, as documented by Setsuko Winchester's 'Freedom from Fear/Yellow Bowl Project.' The phone conversation I had with Setsuko was illuminating and made me think deeper about race in America."
Visit The Conversation to read Kaori's Q&A with Setsuko.
My Yellow Bowl Project hopes to spur discussion around these questions: Who is an American? What does citizenship mean? How long do you have to be in the US to be considered a bonafide member of this group?