About This Show
Imagine Otherwise is a podcast about the people and projects bridging art, activism, and academia to build better worlds. Episodes offer in-depth interviews with creators who use culture for social justice, and explore the nitty-gritty work of imagining and creating more just worlds.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 025: Mimi Nguyen
Episode 025 of the podcast. Host Cathy Hannabach interviews guest Mimi Nguyen, author of The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and other Refugee Passages. Mimi is an exemplary example of how art, activism, and academia can be vibrant braided together to create new worlds. Mimi is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her first book, which was published by Duke University Press in 2012, is called The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages. Mimi has made zines since 1991, including Slander and the compilation zine Race Riot. She is a former Punk Planet columnist and Maximumrocknroll volunteer. In June 2013, Sarah McCarry's series Guillotine, a series of erratically published chapbooks focused on revolutionary non-fiction, released PUNK, a conversation between Nguyen and Golnar Nikpour. In this interview we discuss the imperialist US discourse of debt and freedom repeatedly attached to refugees, how Mimi is drawing unexpected artistic encounters between actor Keanu Reeves and Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön, and why communities of color are turning to tarot for activist inspiration and to imagine other ways of being in the world.