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 30: Vince Schleitwiler
Episode 30 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast. Host Cathy Hannabach interviews guest Vince Schleitwiler. A fourth-generation Japanese American, Vince Schleitwiler grew up in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, and received the greater part of his education from student-of-color organizers at Oberlin College and the University of Washington. He has worked in journalism, independent film, and arts consulting, and taught at Williams College and the University of Southern California before returning to UW, where he is currently an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of American Ethnic Studies. His first book, called Strange Fruit of the Black Pacific: Imperialism’s Racial Justice and Its Fugitives, was published by NYU Press and explores the intersecting migrations of Japanese Americans, Filipinos, and African Americans across US imperial domains, from the 1890s to the 1940s. His writing has appeared in African American Review, Amerasia Journal, Comparative Literature, and the Village Voice. As a Scholar-in-Residence for the Center for Art and Thought, he published a set of serial essays for the blog City of Refuge, as well as published “Break, Burn, Hoard: For an Atlas of Lost Afro-Asian Worlds,” a dialogue with the writer Tamiko Nimura. In our interview, Vince and I talk about liberatory coalitions between Black and Asian communities, how the public humanities have shifted in the context of neoliberalism, and how contemporary activists draw inspiration from what he calls “the geography of the lost Afro-Asian century” to imagine and create a different world.