#WeToo: A Reader

a special issue of the Journal of Asian American Studies

Targeted Call for Submissions of Art, Poetry, Fiction, and Memoir

What does sexual violence look like in the lives of those hailed as “model minority”? It is a world remade by #MeToo, and yet do we know the answer to that question? What are Asian American lived-experiences of sexual violence, in everyday spaces like college campuses, childhood homes, graduate programs, activist organizations, corporate offices, even on the street?

Intended as a reader for the college classroom, this special issue of the Journal of Asian American Studies seeks work that puts language and theory to students’ lives, up through the present and as charted after college. The “we” of the title casts for Asian Americans as subjects, not merely objects, inside rape culture. The issue also seeks a more transformative approach to justice, as part of a transformative mission for culture. When it comes to how rape culture is enabled, made mundane, what are the hard questions we have not yet posed? When it comes to how we learn to fashion self and seek others inside rape culture’s gravity, what are the answers we have not dared frame? What differences does model minority racialization (however well or ill it fits) make to any of this?

#WeToo: A Reader invites art, memoir, fiction, poetry and other print modes of expression. Please click on the prompts below, and respond to what calls to you.


Abstracts/pitches due: January 15, 2020

In about 500 words, abstracts/pitches should describe the proposed contribution, and explain how it speaks to the call for submissions. Those accepted will be notified by January 31, 2020. Please note: acceptance of abstract/pitch does not guarantee acceptance of final submission. Reprints okay.

Full submissions due: May 1, 2020

about the special issue editors

Shireen Roshanravan teaches on the intersections of state and interpersonal violence in the lives of women of color and the consciousness-raising journeys of Asian Americans who must navigate racialization as “model minorities.” Shireen was active in the Incite! Women, Gender Non-Conforming and Trans People of Color Against Violence movement from 2002-2007, cofounding a local Incite! chapter in Binghamton, NY. She also joined the popular education school, la Escuela Norteña Popular, where she collaborated with members of Critical Resistance NYC on drafting community accountability and transformative justice principles for the Harm Free Zone project. Shireen is co-editor, with Lynn Fujiwara, of Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics.

erin Khuê Ninh teaches Asian American Studies at UC Santa Barbara. For the Feminisms anthology, she wrote an essay that sets the tone for this special issue: “Without Enhancements: Sexual Violence in the Everyday Lives of Asian Americans” flagged the lack of dedicated material for a college course on dating in rape culture — not only in popular media and activism, but in Asian American feminist scholarship. In her other work, such as Ingratitude: The Debt-Bound Daughter in Asian American Literature, she explores intergenerational conflict in immigrant families and the costs of so-called Tiger parenting. A former publisher and blog editor for Hyphen magazine, she also curated a section of the Asian American Literary Review‘s special issue on mental health, entitled Open in Emergency.

about academic journals…

As a niche academic journal, the Journal of Asian American Studies is essentially a volunteer-run, not-for-profit project. The special issue editors sincerely regret that we are unable to offer payment, as no payment structure traditionally exists for journal contributors (or special editors). The work needs to be done, so we are trying to do it; our eternal thanks to those who give to this cause.

send questions or submissions to

Shireen Roshanravan
erin Khue Ninh

“When I learned Ms. Miller is white and Chinese-American, I realized I’d first assumed that Emily Doe was white, a reminder of how often we internalize whiteness as a default in America.”

Lisa Ko “Why It Matters That ‘Emily Doe’ in the Brock Turner Case Is Asian-American”