New Poem Illustrates Impact of U.S.-Backed Violence in Southeast Asia

Poet Bao Phil teams up with producer Ash Hsie to offer a scathing indictment of seemingly 'casual' racism.

By Hatty Lee Oct 04, 2011

Sometimes, the impact of racism is difficult to be put into words. But spoken word artist Bao Phi teamed up with video producer Ash Hsie to create a powerful animated account of just how deeply seemingly innocuous, interpersonal interactions can sting. The poem is called "No Question" and offers up a scathing indictment of a white child’s suggestion that "these gooks are surrounding us." 

The work is part of the new Asian American Literary Review .

Below are a few screen shots of the illustrations. Watch the whole thing up top.