Mimi Khúc and Peggy Kyoungwon Lee for DEAR ELIA **IN-PERSON**

Loyalty is very excited to welcome Mimi Khúc and Peggy Kyoungwon Lee to celebrate dear elia! This event will take place at Loyalty Petworth (843 Upshur Street NW, Washington, DC 20011). **This event is free to attend, but registration is required** You can purchase the book from Loyalty below or in-person during the event! Please email  with any questions.


In dear elia Mimi Khúc revolutionizes how we understand mental health. Khúc traces the contemporary Asian American mental health crisis from the university into the maw of the COVID-19 pandemic, reenvisioning mental health through a pedagogy of unwellness--the recognition that we are all differentially unwell. In an intimate series of letters, she bears witness to Asian American unwellness up close and invites readers to recognize in it the shapes and sources of their own unwellness. Khúc draws linkages between student experience, the Asian immigrant family, the adjunctification of the university, and teaching methods pre- and post-COVID-19 to illuminate hidden roots of our collective unwellness: shared investments in compulsory wellness and meritocracy. She reveals the university as a central node and engine of unwellness and argues that we can no longer do Asian American studies without Asian American mental health--and vice versa. Interspersed throughout the book are reflective activities, including original tarot cards, that enact the very pedagogy Khúc advances, offering readers alternative ways of being that divest from structures of unwellness and open new possibilities for collective care.


Mimi Khúc is a writer, scholar, and teacher of things unwell. She is a lecturer in disability studies at Georgetown University and co-editor of The Asian American Literary Review. Her work includes Open in Emergency, a hybrid book-arts project decolonizing Asian American mental health; the Asian American Tarot, a reimagined deck of tarot cards; the Open in Emergency Initiative, an ongoing national project developing mental health arts programming; and Open Access Culture, a disability studies and public humanities project to rethink access and expand the reach of intellectual work through critical arts engagement.

Her new creative-critical book on mental health and a pedagogy of unwellness, dear elia: Letters from the Asian American Abyss, is a journey into the depths of Asian American unwellness at the intersections of ableism, model minoritization, and the university, and an exploration of new approaches to building collective care. 


Peggy Kyoungwon Lee (she/they) is an interdisciplinary researcher and creative writer. As Assistant Professor of English at Georgetown University, they teach Asian American literature, critical race and ethnic studies, performance studies, and disability studies. Their fiction and non-fiction have previously received support from the Asian American Writer's Workshop, Lambda Literary, Tin House, and Hub City Writers Project. For more information: https://peggyleewrites.com/ 

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Event date: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
Dear Elia: Letters from the Asian American Abyss By Mimi Khúc Cover Image
ISBN: 9781478025672
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Published: Duke University Press - March 26th, 2024

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