Why are they so afraid of the lotus?
(A Series of Open Questions, vol. 2)
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Why are they so afraid of the lotus?
(A Series of Open Questions, vol. 2)
CCA Wattis Institute and Sternberg Press, 2021
Paperback, 256 pages.

Edited by Kim Nguyen and Jeanne Gerrity. Contributions by Divya Mehra, Leslie Marmon Silko, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Julio García Espinosa, Sky Hopinka, Ranu Mukherjee, Tisa Bryant, Katherine McKittrick & Alexander G. Weheliye, Frantz Fanon, Christina Sharpe, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Simone Browne, Astria Suparak, Christine Wang, Camille Rankine, Kathy Zarur, Dionne Brand, Renee Gladman, tamara suarez porras, Wendy Xu, Amy Fung, Shylah Pacheco Hamilton, Steffani Jemison, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, and Angie Morrill, Eve Tuck, and the Super Futures Haunt Qollective.

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Why are they so afraid of the lotus? is the second book in an annual series of readers titled A Series of Open Questions, published by the Wattis and Sternberg Press, and distributed by the MIT Press. Each reader includes newly commissioned texts and an edited selection of perspectives, images, and references related to the Wattis’s year-long research seasons. The title of each book comes in the form of a question.

Why are they so afraid of the lotus? takes the work of Trinh T. Minh-ha as its point of departure and explores themes such as cultural hybridization and fluidity of identity, digital and migratory aesthetics, memory and landscape, decentered realities, feminist approaches to storytelling, meditations on death and myth, post-coloniality and decolonization, and women's work as related to cultural politics.

Why are they so afraid of the lotus? includes essays, poems, drawings, collages, stories, paintings, photographs, and more. Contributors include Divya Mehra, Leslie Marmon Silko, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Julio García Espinosa, Sky Hopinka, Ranu Mukherjee, Tisa Bryant, Katherine McKittrick & Alexander G. Weheliye, Frantz Fanon, Christina Sharpe, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Simone Browne, Astria Suparak, Christine Wang, Camille Rankine, Kathy Zarur, Dionne Brand, Renee Gladman, tamara suarez porras, Wendy Xu, Amy Fung, Shylah Pacheco Hamilton, Steffani Jemison, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, and Angie Morrill, Eve Tuck, and the Super Futures Haunt Qollective.