Host Ken Jones talks with Dmae Roberts, author of the new book The Letting Go Trilogies: Stories of a Mixed-Race Family.
The book takes the form of a series of personal essays, in which Dmae writes about her biracial identity as the child of a Taiwanese mother and white Oklahoma-born father. The essays focus on her childhood in Taiwan, Japan, and Oregon; her identity as “Secret Asian Woman”; her visits to Taiwan as an adult; and, her complex family relationships.
Dmae is a two-time Peabody award-winning independent media artist, who has written and produced more than 400 audio pieces for NPR and PRI. She also hosts the long-running, and very popular, KBOO program Stage and Studio, in which she’s the one doing the interviews. So we turn the tables on her today.
*Intro and outro music composed by Clark Salisbury for the radio documentary "Secret Asian Woman".
Her reading and book signing events are scheduled as follows:
- May 20th at 6:30pm at Wilson High School (1151 SW Vermont St, Portland, OR 97219) along with a screening of Mei Mei, A Daughter’s Song, 2015 award-winning film for the Best Historical Documentary from the Oregon Independent Film Festival.
- May 23rd at 7:00pm at Broadway Books (1714 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232) for the official launch of Roberts’ book.