South & Southeast Asian Literature

with Peter Bacho and Sonora Jha

In Person

Open to all levels

1 Session

Start Date: April 13, 2024
End Date: April 13, 2024
Day of Week: Saturday
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm PT
Capacity: 25 seats
Member Price: $27.00
General Price: $30.00

In partnership with UW’s South Asia Center and Center for Southeast Asia and its Diasporas, authors/professors Peter Bacho and Sonora Jha will lead you on a boundary-crossing literary tour to explore South and Southeast Asian literature. Writers will find inspiration from the diverse array of English-language literature from the Indian subcontinent, including recent translations of vernacular literature. Participants will examine the collision of global geopolitics and immigrant struggles in Carlos Bulosan's America is in the Heart, and in stories about Filipino-American labor organizing in Seattle during the McCarthy era.

This workshop will provide effective methods for tackling subjects like gender, immigration and diaspora, identity, authoritarianism, and power and globalization. For readers, this class will introduce you to recent literature from these important world regions. Teachers will learn how to incorporate South and Southeast Asian literary materials into classroom curricula. All who appreciate diverse storytelling and global literature are welcome.


  • March 12: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • March 19: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • March 25: Last day of Early Bird pricing
Peter Bacho

Peter Bacho


Peter Bacho is the author of seven books: Cebu, Dark Blue Suit, Boxing in Black and White, Nelson’s Run, Entrys, and Leaving Yesler. His latest book, Uncle Rico's Encore, was released earlier this year. His books have received several awards, including the 1992 American Book Award. He is an adjunct professor at The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus. Bacho was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in Seattle’s Central District.

Sonora Jha

Sonora Jha


Sonora Jha is the author of the novels The Laughter (2023) and Foreign (2013) and the memoir How To Raise A Feminist Son: A Memoir and Manifesto (2021). After a career as a journalist covering crime, politics, and culture in India and Singapore, she moved to the United States to earn a Ph.D. in media and public affairs. Sonora’s OpEds, essays, and public appearances have featured in The New York Times, on BBC, and elsewhere. She is a professor of journalism and lives in Seattle. She teaches fiction and essay writing for Hugo House, Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, and Seattle Public Library. 

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