American Symphony
Cover of Suiyi Tang's books American SyphonySuiyi Tang ’20 was about to leave Williams for a year on a Wilmers travel fellowship when her advisor, Professor of American Studies Dorothy Wang, made a suggestion. “She remarked that I should write something for others who were also trapped in the empty parking lot of queer Asian American womanhood,” Tang says. “She put it in more eloquent terms. I chose the unruly metaphor of empty parking lot because language is an architecture. It enables various structures of feeling, but it’s decidedly not an equal-access infrastructure.”

The result of Tang’s writing is American Symphony: Other White Lies, published by Civil Coping Mechanisms in fall 2019. The book is described as “a portrait of a portrait, a mirror’s reflection of someone that’s gone missing, a speculative memoir.”

What’s next for Tang, an American studies and comparative literature major who has published essays and cultural criticisms in The Offing and The Poetry Project Newsletter, among others? “I am back to the drawing board to hone my craft and sharpen my mind,” she says. “This means, hopefully, graduate school, and a lot of scribbling, wherever I am.”

Also in print

Beyond the North Wind: Russia in Recipes and Lore, by Darra Goldstein, the Willcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professor of Russian, Emerita (Ten Speed Press)

The Book Keeper: A Memoir of Race, Love and Legacy, by Julia McKenzie Munemo, Williams Magazine contributing writer (Swallow Press)

Cosmos: The Art and Science of the Universe, co-authored by Jay Pasachoff, Chair and Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy (Reaktion Books)

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