The Letting Go Trilogies

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Dmae Roberts is a two-time Peabody Award-winning writer, radio producer, filmmaker and theatre artist living in Portland, Oregon. Her work is often autobiographical and cross-cultural and informed by her biracial identity and has aired on NPR. Her Peabody award-winning documentary Mei Mei, a Daughter's Song is a harrowing account of her mother's childhood in Taiwan during WWII. She recently adapted this radio documentary into a film. She won a second Peabody Award for her eight-hour Crossing East documentary, the first Asian American history series on public radio. She received the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Civil Rights and Social Justice award from the Asian American Journalists Association and was selected as a United States Artists (USA) Fellow. Her stage plays and essays have been published in Oregon Humanities magazine, But Still, Like Air I’ll Rise (Temple University Press), Reality Radio (UNC Press), Alexander Press and The Sun Magazine, Where Are You From? by The Thymos Group and "Mothering in East Asian Communities," a book collection by Demeter Press. Roberts writes a personal column for the Asian Reporter and is the host/producer of Stage & Studio on KBOO FM. She is the executive producer of MediaRites in Portland, Oregon and co-founder of Theatre Diaspora, an Asian American theater project of MediaRites.

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The Letting Go Trilogies

Stories of a Mixed-Race Family

Authored by Dmae Roberts

The Letting Go Trilogies: Stories of a Mixed-Race Family traces four decades of what it means to be a mixed-race adult who sometimes called herself “Secret Asian Woman.”

With her personal essays written over a ten-year period, Dmae Roberts journeys through biracial identity, Taiwan, sci-fi, and the trials of her interracial Taiwanese and Oklahoman family amid love, loss and letting go of past regrets and pain.

Through journeys across America, Japan and Taiwan, this collection of personal stories charts four decades of racial identity. Each essay lends insights into the complexity of cross-cultural family relationships and includes photographs of the author's family.

Edited by Jessica Morrell. Additional editor and copy-editing by Sandra de Helen. Artwork and cover design by Kathy Delumpa Allegri.

Praise for The Letting Go Trilogies:

“These bravely and beautifully written essays tell the story of an artist’s coming-of-age and a daughter coming to terms with her grief. This impassioned collection is all guts and heart and ultimately grace.”

—Heidi W. Durrow, New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (Algonquin Books)

“When you’re the living, breathing, confluence of two cultures, your search for self-identity is perpetual. These profound essays are a medley on what it’s like to live on that seismic fault line. This book spoke to my heart.”

—Jamie Ford, New York Times best-selling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Songs of Willow Frost (Ballantine Books)

“The magnet does not grow weary, and family ties still tug, even when we have to let go if we are to live our singular lives. Your own search for how to find balance between family devotion and the oxygen required for independence will find insight in these essays by Dmae Roberts— essays born of long thinking by a gifted writer who has turned her power to document the lives of others to her own deep story.”

—Kim Stafford, author of 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared (Trinity University Press)

Publication Date:
1522998950 / 9781522998952
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage

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