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Alex Tizon: Self, Story, and the Rise of Asian America
Start Date: 9/24/2015Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 9/24/2015End Time: 9:00 PM

Event Description
Self, Story and the Rise of Asian America  In 2014 Alex Tizon published a memoir-cultural history, Big Little ManIn Search of My Asian Self, a story about race, “outsiderdom,” and rising out of the hole of “being lesser.” What role do personal narratives play in the evolution of Asian American identity? How do these narratives fit into the ongoing national discussion of race? Tizon will address these questions, and give a personal glimpse of his own transformation at the dawn of what some people are calling the Asian Century.

Big Little Man: In Search Of My Asian Self has won a Lukas Book Prize from Columbia University, an Oregon Book Award, and an APALA Honor Award for Literature.

Alex Tizon is a former Seattle bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, and a former staff writer for the Seattle Times, where he was co-recipient of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in investigative journalism. He has written for Salon and Newsweek, and has worked as a field producer for 60 Minutes. Tizon has reported on some of the most cataclysmic news events of recent times, including the 9/11 attacks, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Hurricane Katrina. He has contributed to the coverage of two presidential races, and has written profiles on heads of state, activists, immigrants, murderers and poets. He was a 2009-2010 Knight International Press Fellow based in Manila, where he tracked government efforts to alleviate poverty in the Philippines’ five poorest provinces. He has earned degrees from the University of Oregon and Stanford. He currently teaches journalism at the University of Oregon. His website is alextizon.com.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Law School  (View Map)
245 Winter Street SE
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6380
Room: 201 -- Paulus Lecture Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Cecily McCaffrey
Phone: x5429
Email: cmccaffr@willamette.edu
Alex Tizon
Admission / Ticket Info:
Free and open to the public
Event Sponsor(s):
College Colloquium, Center for Asian Studies, Hallie Ford Chair in Writing, History Department, Lear Chair in American History, Women and Gender Studies, American Ethnic Studies

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