Fay Chiang

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Fay Chiang
Born(1952-01-27)January 27, 1952
Died(2017-10-20)October 20, 2017

Fay Chiang (January 27, 1952 – October 20, 2017) was an American poet, writer,[1] visual artist and activist based in New York City.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Chiang was born in The Bronx in 1952.[3] She grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens[4] and later lived in New York City in the East Village.[5] She died due to complications of cancer on October 20, 2017.[3]


Chiang was the director of the Chinatown-based Asian American arts organization, Basement Workshop, in New York City from 1975 to 1986.[6] Later, Chiang was active at the Henry Street Settlement in the Lower East Side, Project Reach, a program working with youth in New York City's Chinatown, and Poets and Writers.[5] She was also involved in student-led protests advocating for better Asian American Studies courses at New York colleges.[5]

Chiang's books of poetry include In The City of Contradictions, Miwa's Song, and 7 Continents, 9 Lives, published by Bowery Press.[7][8] Her poetry focused on her identity as a Chinese-American, and explored the discrimination she faced through a lens of intersectionality.[9]


  1. ^ Ling, Amy, bibliography, "Asian American Literature," in Redefining American Literary History, A. LaVonne Brown Ruoff and Jerry W. Ward, eds., MLA, 1990.
  2. ^ "Fay Chiang | Asian Americans for Equality". Aafe.org. Archived from the original on October 21, 2017. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Sandomir, Richard (October 27, 2017), "Fay Chiang, 65, Poet Who Championed Asian-American Culture, Dies", The New York Times
  4. ^ Chiang, Fay (August 14, 2003). "Fay Chiang (2003-4)". apa.nyu.edu. Retrieved April 30, 2023.
  5. ^ a b c Sandomir, Richard (October 27, 2017). "Fay Chiang, 65, Poet Who Championed Asian-American Culture, Dies (Published 2017)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  6. ^ Ault, Julie. Alternative Art: New York 1965-1985: A Cultural Politics Book for the Social Text Collective ; [catalog of a 1996 Exhibition Entitled: "cultural Economies: Histories from the Alternative Arts Movement, Nyc" Held at the Drawing Center, New York]. New York: Drawing Center, 2002. Print. p. 31.
  7. ^ "7 Continents, 9 Lives" (PDF). YPBK Publoshers. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  8. ^ Add a comment2500 characters allowedUser Guidelines (July 27, 2010). "Asian American Writers' Workshop - Open City: Gentrification". Aaww.org. Retrieved October 27, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Fay Chiang (2003-4)". Asian/Pacific/American Institute. NYU. September 1, 2003. Retrieved March 5, 2022.

External links[edit]

Fay Chiang Papers, Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University Special Collections