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Curtis Chin in Conversation with Steve Haruch

Apr 16
4:00 - 5:30 PM CT
The Porch House at 2811 Dogwood Pl., Nashville, TN 37204

Presented by API Middle Tennessee:

Writer, filmmaker and Asian American Writers' Workshop co-founder Curtis Chin discusses his career and reads from his forthcoming memoir, Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant (Little, Brown, 2023). He'll be joined in conversation by Steve Haruch, writer, editor and senior producer of This Is Nashville from WPLN News. The conversation will be followed by a short Q&A and meet and greet.

About Curtis Chin
A co-founder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York City, Curtis Chin served as the non-profits’ first Executive Director. He went on to write for television before transitioning to social justice documentaries. Chin has screened his films at over 600 venues in sixteen countries. He has written for CNN, Bon Appetit and the Emancipator/Boston Globe. A graduate of the University of Michigan and former Visiting Scholar at New York University, Chin has received awards from ABC/Disney Television, New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and more. His memoir, Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant will be published by Little, Brown in Fall 2023. He can be found at

About Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant
Curtis Chin's memoir about coming of age and coming out traces the author's journey through 1980's Detroit as he navigated rising xenophobia, the AIDS epidemic, and the Reagan Revolution to find his voice as a writer and activist — all set against the backdrop of his family's popular Chinese restaurant. The book, which features plenty of Chinese food, Motown vibes, and crack cocaine, will be published by Little, Brown in the fall of 2023.

About Steve Haruch
Steve Haruch is an award-winning journalist, writer and editor. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Catapult, and NPR’s Code Switch, among other outlets. He is editor of the books Greetings From New Nashville: How a Sleepy Southern Town Became “It” City and People Only Die of Love in Movies: Film Writing by Jim Ridley (Vanderbilt University Press). He is senior producer for Nashville Public Radio's daily show This Is Nashville.


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