AWP20: Resisting the Exotic

AWP20 San Antonio DATE TBA

Exoticism, a legacy of colonialism, continues to appear in writing and other forms of media. The concept implies desire and conquest, as “exotic” people, places and even animals are foreign enough to be fantasized about, but unthreatening enough to be subjugated. This assumption of passivity harms communities by diminishing their humanity, which allows them to be targets of violence. On this panel, writers will discuss the ways they resist this narrative and how they avoid/subvert exotic tropes.

Moderator: Nay Saysourinho Panelists: Kirin Khan, Grace Shuyi Liew, Misha Rai, Audrey T. Williams

Nay S.