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Love Letters: A Mosaic of Emotions and Identity in Asian American Expression


The Love Letters folio, edited by Yi Wei, brings together twelve pieces of flash that capture several different perspectives, angles, and actions on loving in the world. 

The Love Letters folio, edited by Yi Wei and powered by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW), is a heartfelt and poignant collection of written expressions that delve into the intricate realms of love, longing, and personal narratives. With each flash, the project beautifully captures the essence of human connection, bridging the gaps between diverse experiences and identities.

Through Love Letters, AAWW provides a platform for individuals to explore and articulate their emotions, revealing the raw and vulnerable aspects of love in its many forms. From passionate declarations to reflections on loss and unrequited affection, the project celebrates the universal language of love while honoring the unique perspectives of Asian American writers and artists.

The letters within the collection are a testament to the power of storytelling, showcasing the depth of emotions that bind us together as human beings. They serve as a reminder that love transcends boundaries and cultures, weaving a tapestry of shared experiences, desires, and dreams.

By amplifying marginalized voices, Love Letters embraces the multiplicity of identities within the Asian American community and sheds light on the nuances of love that are often overlooked or underrepresented. It invites readers to immerse themselves in the rich narratives, encouraging empathy, connection, and understanding.

“Rather than thinking about each of the stories in this folio as purely love stories, I ask you to consider how they use love to negotiate more difficult considerations about living in the world,” writes Yi Wei.

Read her editor’s note for a guide to these stories.

Ultimately, Love Letters nurtures a space where love is celebrated as a catalyst for self-discovery, healing, and empowerment. It invites readers to reflect on their own journeys and relationships, inspiring them to embrace vulnerability and find solace in the universal language of love that unites us all.

Artwork by Ali El-Chaer accompanies each piece in the folio.

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