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The Colors of Desire, After We Lost Our Way,
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INTERVIEWS

Club Book with David Mura and Sun Yung Shin at the Merriam Park Library on March 14, 2016

This episode of the Club Book podcast features David Mura and Sung Yung Shin. The two poets and writers discussed their work and the Asian American experience in Minnesota. This event was hosted by the Saint Paul Public Library.

Club Book with David Muran and Sun Yung Shin


Emily Bright Interviews David Mura for KFAI on March 8, 2016


This interview features Emily Bright of KFAI and David Mura. Mura discusses the internment of Japanese Americans, particularly his parents and other relatives, and how this family  history, along with a visit to Japan, influenced his perception of his race, ethnicity, and identity. He discusses how this has shaped his writing and teaching and reads a couple poems.

Emily Bright Interviews David Mura for KFAI


Race and the Arts Conversations

In 2015, David Mura received a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to host four public conversations regarding race and the arts. Each conversation was recorded on video, divided into smaller segments, and uploaded to YouTube. Below are descriptions of each conversation, links to the conversation segments on YouTube, and links to full transcripts of the conversations in PDF form.

 

Flip the Script: A Dialogue on the Arts and Race
David Mura Moderates a Conversation with Tish Jones, Chaun Webster, Guante, and Chava Gabrielle at The Loft Literary Center on February 22, 2015

This panel features the above mentioned poets, writers, artists, and activists, all of whom have been vitally involved with the local spoken word scene, the social justice movement, and young artists. Following a spoken word writing and performance conference for youth, these panelists discussed local controversies involving race and the arts; ideas for organizing support, funding, and youth involvement in artist activism; and shared their thoughts on the complexities of intersectionality and identity. This is the first in the series of dialogues on race and the arts conducted by David Mura at the Loft as part of his Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. The event was co-sponsored by The Loft and TruArtSpeaks. Video recording by Mark Tang.

Part 1: Intro to the Conversation
Part 2: Chaun Webster on Accessibility and an Open Letter to W.A.C.
Part 3: Tish Jones on Button Poetry and TruArtSpeaks
Part 4: Guante on his Opine Season Editorials, Arts and Activism
Part 5: Tish Jones & Chaun Webster on Funding Arts and Activism
Part 6: Chava Gabrielle & Tish Jones on Bringing Youth into Arts and Activism
Part 7: Intersectionality
Part 8: Q&A
Transcript: [PDF] Flip the Script: A Dialogue on the Arts and Race

 

Asian Americans: How We Talk (and Dance and Sing) About Ourselves
David Mura Moderates a Conversation with Ananya Chatterjea, Linda Her, and Bao Phi at The Loft Literary Center on May 11, 2015

This panel features the above mentioned Asian American artists, dancers, poets, writers, and activists. They discuss issues surrounding Asian American communities in the Twin Cities and the greater US, the model minority myth, racial binaries, and intersectionality, sharing their experiences in the arts and activism spheres. This is the second in the series of dialogues on race and the arts conducted by David Mura at the Loft as part of his Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Part 1: Asian Americans: How We Talk (and Dance and Sing) About Ourselves - I
Part 2: Asian Americans: How We Talk (and Dance and Sing) About Ourselves - II
Part 3: Asian Americans: How We Talk (and Dance and Sing) About Ourselves - III
Part 4: Asian Americans: How We Talk (and Dance and Sing) About Ourselves - IV
Part 5: Asian Americans: How We Talk (and Dance and Sing) About Ourselves - V
Part 6: Asian Americans: How We Talk (and Dance and Sing) About Ourselves - VI
Transcript: [PDF] Asian Americans: How We Talk (and Dance and Sing) About Ourselves

 

Secret Colors Revisited: A Dialogue on Race and the Arts
David Mura Interviews Alexs Pate at The Loft Literary Center on July 10, 2015

This is a dialogue between Alexs Pate and David Mura, in which they discuss Pate’s career as a novelist; the concept of innocence and its role in his perceptions of race and identity; and his work on the Innocent Classroom, a program designed to address the racial achievement gap in education by training teachers to improve their relationships with students of color. This is the third in the series of dialogues on race and the arts conducted by David Mura at the Loft as part of his Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. The event was co-sponsored by The Loft and the Givens Foundation.  Video recording by Mark Tang.

Part 1: Losing Absalom
Part 2: The Outlaw Comes to Know Himself
Part 3: Finding Makeba
Part 4: Amistad and Afro-Pessimism
Part 5: Innocence and the Innocent Classroom
Part 6: Q&A
Transcript: [PDF] Secret Colors Revisited: A Dialogue on Race and the Arts

 

Native American and Latino Voices
David Mura Moderates a Conversation with Emmanuel Ortiz, Rhiana Yazzie, R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., and Teresa Ortiz at The Loft Literary Center on October 19, 2015

This panel features the above mentioned Native American and Latino artists, poets, writers, educators, and activists. These artists address topics of particular concern to themselves and their work, including thoughts on worldview and identity, cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and history’s role in modern oppression. The artists then open the conversation up to a broader discussion, exploring their communities, their art, and questions of intersectionality.  This is the fourth in a series of dialogues on race and the arts conducted by David Mura at the Loft as part of his Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Video recording by Mark Tang.

Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Rhiana Yazzie & Teresa Ortiz
Part 3: R. Vincent Moniz Jr. and Emmanuel Ortiz
Part 4: Why Are Stereotypes and Cultural Appropriatiion Appealing?
Part 5: Art's Role in Shaping History
Part 6: History and Power
Part 7: Q&A
Transcript: [PDF] Native American and Latino Voices

 

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