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Decolonizing Tourism (ft. Farzana Doctor, Bani Amor, Tiphanie Yanique & Julia Hori)

By Asian American Writers' Workshop

Travel writing is a genre rife with fantasies of escape, luxury, and finding oneself through an experience in an unfamiliar place—in other words, colonial tropes. Is it possible to write about travel while decolonizing the narrative? We’re featuring several writers whose work focuses on humanizing the people who become backdrops to western tourism. Canadian writer Farzana Doctor joins us for the US launch of All Inclusive, her book written from the perspective of a worker at a Mexican resort. Reading alongside her are queer travel writer and activist Bani Amor, and writer and professor Tiphanie Yanique, whose debut novel, Land and Love of Drowning chronicles the changes in the US Virgin Islands over the 20th century. They're joined by Julia Hori, a graduate student who researches the colonial underpinnings of tourism in the Caribbean. Watch the video for the full event here on our YouTube channel. Music by Robert Rusli & Lu Yang.  http://aaww.org

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