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Organized by the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center (APAC), the three-day July literature festival was the first of its kind.

The authors came from a variety of cultural backgrounds, and in their diversity, demonstrated both the challenges and the opportunities of the growing Asian-American literary space and the museums that amplify its voices.

“There’s been an explosion of Asian-American writers over the past five to 10 years,” he says.

Organizations like Kaya Press, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Lantern Review, among others, have given financial and emotional support to a new generation of writers.

“There’s a perennial debate about what counts as Asian-American literature and who counts as Asian-American that came up across a number of talks,” says Davis.

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