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A Broad and Ample Road

Michelle Kuo and Albert Wu
Our attempt to immerse ourselves in acts of creation and solidarity, in liberation struggles and art, in poetry and protest.
Created 01 Sep 2020
  • School’s (almost) out for summer
    02 May 2021 • 11 min read • 10 0
    Hello everyone! We hope you enjoyed our last series of interviews. We thought we’d take this week to slow down and do some end-of-semester stock-taking. As always, please don’t be shy about writing us...
  • “It was about how you love and how you care for yourself in relation to the world”
    25 Apr 2021 • 19 min read • 32 2
    Albert and Michelle: Hello! This week we share part II of our interview with Val Kalei Kanuha, a pioneer in what was first called the battered women’s movement in the 1970s, and now a vital voice in r...
  • “How could the alternative be worse? The worst outcome is already happening.”
    18 Apr 2021 • 20 min read • 29 6
    Albert and Michelle Hello dear readers! We’re so excited to bring you this interview with Val Kalei Kanuha, an Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the University of Washington’s School...
  • “Why is the union important?”
    11 Apr 2021 • 20 min read • 29 0
    Albert Hello friends! Our post last week on the utility of “Asian-American” received quite a few responses, and we’re so grateful to everybody who wrote in. (Welcome, new readers!) We want to spend so...
  • Is “Asian-American” a viable category?
    04 Apr 2021 • 9 min read • 31 4
    Hello dear friends, Happy Easter/Passover/Tomb-Sweeping Festival! And hello from another national lockdown! Just as he did in his previous appearances, Macron came across Wednesday as defensive and ha...
  • What should we do, for real?
    28 Mar 2021 • 8 min read • 37 0
    Albert A message from an anonymous reader of this newsletter stopped us in our tracks this week. “I had hoped after what occurred in Atlanta that you would offer [an] opportunity for the Asian America...
  • "Why aren't we gone?": On imprisoned migrant families in Texas.
    21 Mar 2021 • 20 min read • 32 3
    Dear all, This was a tough week for us. With the rising COVID numbers in France and the recent killings in Atlanta, we’ve struggled to stay motivated to work. Rereading this interview with Julia Valer...
  • "Children should not be detained. Any amount of time in detention is harmful."
    14 Mar 2021 • 13 min read • 31 0
    Like many, we were horrified by the stories of family separation that exploded into public view in the first half of 2018. Eager to do something, Michelle got in touch with a dear friend, Eunice Cho (...
  • "He told us it had been four months since he had breathed fresh air"
    07 Mar 2021 • 14 min read • 28 0
    Dear readers, Happy March! Michelle here. Spring has come to Paris. Our seventeen-month-old baby loves being outside so much she’s been known to lick her shoes. Albert also celebrated his birthday. He...
  • "They don’t even know what a visa or a passport is": An Interview with Sofia Kalogirou at the Florence Project
    28 Feb 2021 • 16 min read • 30 0
    Michelle: We’re proud to share a conversation with Sofia Kalogirou, whom I had the good fortune of meeting in the fall of 2015. Just eighteen and newly arrived from Phoenix, Arizona, Sofia enrolled in...
  • Welcome new readers! Here's an overview of what we've done so far.
    21 Feb 2021 • 6 min read • 29 3
    Hello, dear readers! Today we had planned on sharing our interview with Julia Valero, who has worked with detained migrant families for three years, but the Texas power outages have slowed down the ed...
  • Was the atomic bomb a war crime?
    14 Feb 2021 • 18 min read • 33 4
    Happy Lunar New Year, friends! Goodbye Rat, Hello Ox! Making your own new year's greeting card is all the rage in Taiwan. Here’s what Albert’s dad made: The print shows a water buffalo in the bottom r...
  • On Bad Laws and Even Worse Judges
    07 Feb 2021 • 15 min read • 33 2
    Henry Alken (1785-1851), “Poachers Apprehended.” Michelle: Last week my Historical Foundations of Law class tore through Whigs and Hunters by the famed Marxist historian E. P. Thompson. (Okay, we just...
  • “Rush out and beat the heretics up”
    31 Jan 2021 • 11 min read • 30 1
    What we’re teaching this week William Hogarth's engraving "Hudibras Encounters the Skimmington," 1822. Albert We’ve just finished our second week of teaching, and my overwhelming feeling—besides alrea...
  • On the Hong Kong protests, "Chinese-ness" and the state, and more with Sebastian Veg
    24 Jan 2021 • 15 min read • 27 0
    Here’s the second part of our conversation with Sebastian Veg, an intellectual historian of China. Last week we focused on the recent arrests in Hong Kong; this week we discuss “Chineseness,” asking w...
  • On Last Week's Arrests in Hong Kong: An Interview with Sebastian Veg
    17 Jan 2021 • 18 min read • 27 0
    Last week, more than fifty pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong were arrested under a new national security law passed unilaterally by the mainland Chinese government in Beijing. We checked in with ou...
  • “Who am I to say I can’t get out of bed?”: On Asylum Seekers in Mexico
    10 Jan 2021 • 17 min read • 28 4
    Hello, everyone! Here’s the second part of our conversation with Nicole Ramos, Border Rights Project Director at Al Otro Lado, a frontline organization that provides services to asylum seekers and dep...
  • Reflections on a terrible year
    03 Jan 2021 • 8 min read • 31 9
    Happy New Year, friends! We hope yours is off to a promising start. Photo from April, when Taiwan first reported zero cases of COVID. Photo: Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images Albert on the cold comfort of Taiw...
  • Merriest Holiday Wishes & Happy New Year
    27 Dec 2020 • < 1 min read • 26 0
    Hello, friends! Merriest holiday wishes to all. We’re on break this week, but we’ll see you in the new year. Here’s to a 2021 that is more kind and just. In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a vide...
  • “No, that’s not how this works”: An interview with Nicole Ramos of Al Otro Lado.
    20 Dec 2020 • 15 min read • 28 2
    This is the first in a three-part series on frontline legal services for asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants. In Part II we talk to Sofia Kaligorou, our former student who now works with detained c...
  • The Love Never Goes Away
    13 Dec 2020 • 16 min read • 31 2
    Reader response roundup We’ve been overwhelmed by readers continuing to write to us in response to our tribute to Michelle’s grandmother several weeks ago. Michelle’s dear old friend J., with whom she...
  • On the Supreme Court's recent ruling on religious services: an interview with Nomi Stolzenberg, law and religion scholar
    06 Dec 2020 • 23 min read • 29 2
    Last week, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious organizations in New York that had challenged Governor Cuomo’s restrictions, which decreed that in areas labeled as red zones—where the risk of...
  • On Motherhood & Miyazaki's Daughters
    29 Nov 2020 • 12 min read • 38 4
    Ponyo (2008). Michelle on motherhood & Miyazaki’s daughters Once, when I was about five months pregnant, my husband Albert walked into the room and stopped in his tracks. “You’re reading… Medea?” he s...
  • "Everyone in the world is musical"
    22 Nov 2020 • 17 min read • 34 0
    Albert: I met Victor Lin on the basketball court. The Christian fellowship we were both involved with ran a weekly game, and I had decided to check it out. Around this time Nike was running a commerci...
  • "We are enough for our ancestors and for our children."
    15 Nov 2020 • 14 min read • 36 0
    We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to last week’s tributes to Michelle’s grandmother’s life. We’re so grateful to you, dear friends, for reading and for reaching out. We wanted to share a few mess...

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