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Write On! Radio
KFAI Twin Cities 90.3 FM (August 4, 2020)
KFAI Listen as David Fettig of KFAI (90.3 FM - Twin Cities) interviews Wang Ping about her new book, My Name Is Immigrant, for the Write On! Radio series, as she reads poems and discusses the book's origin, background, and development. (23:40)

The Book War
The Moth Mainstage (February 28, 2020)
The Moth Mainstage Watch Wang Ping perform in Breckenridge, CO, for The Moth Mainstage, the flagship program of the Public Radio Exchange show. This year's theme was "Leap of Faith" and also featured stories from author, journalist and photographer Andrea Collier; Denver-based Alistair Bane; real estate broker Aaron Trompeter; and mountain guide and comedian Monte Montepare. Directed by executive producer Sarah Austin Jenness, with introductions by regular Moth StorySLAM host, author, poet and playwright Jon Goode. (15:11)

The Water at the Roof of the World
Wyoming Public Media (January 9, 2019)
Wyoming Public Media Listen as Wang Ping reads from her latest work and speaks with Caroline Ballard on Wyoming Public Media's Human Nature Series, where real stories of humans and our habitat meet. Ping describes her journeys and projects, and the importance of water to us all, including the glaciers, rivers, oceans, and the water within our body and spirit. (24:04)

Water Meditation
Random Media Production (December 27, 2016)
Meditate on this! Green Bay summer, light, stars, paradise... hypnotic music set to hypnotic video shot by Wang Ping. (3:44)

We Are Water: Kinship of Rivers
Multimedia Exhibit (May-June 2014)
The Soap Factory Watch a promotional video of the month-long curatorial collaboration between Wang Ping and The Soap Factory in Minneapolis. Building on her "Kinship of Rivers" project and featuring artists from the Twin Cities to New Orleans, the exhibit featured music, performance, poetry, food and celebration. (3:03)

Kinship of Rivers Overview
Promotional Video (January 21, 2014)
View a short documentary on Wang Ping's "Kinship of Rivers" project, through which she creates connections between the Mississippi and Yangtze rivers, with peoples' poetry and artwork on Tibetan prayer flags. The conservation of our rivers is essential to the future of our planet, and her approach brings attention to some of our most important and otherwise neglected resources. (7:58)

Kinship of Rivers Introduction
MN Original / TPT (June 5, 2013)
MN Original / TPT Featuring Wang Ping's "Kinship of Rivers" project, which celebrates the universal experience of people along the Mississippi and Yangtze rivers. In an effort to “give something back to the river,” Ping conducts workshops with everyone from schoolchildren to seniors, where poetry and art are created on Tibetan prayer flags, which will be strung together and hung along the Mississippi and Yangtze rivers, and in the mountains of Tibet. (6:14)

All Roads to Lhasa
Multimedia Exhibit (June-July 2008)
All Roads to Lhasa Intended to introduce visitors to the benefits and dangers of the Qinghai-Tibet Railroad, and to detail stories of individuals displaced by the project and its environmental impacts, visit the exhibit Web site.

Road to China Series (April 8, 2008)
KARE 11 Watch an interview from the nightly news on Wang Ping's travels to China in relation to Chinese conflict in Tibet, globalization, megaprojects, and preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games. (2:50)

Behind the Gate
Multimedia Exhibit (March-April 2007)
Behind the Gate Intended to introduce visitors to the benefits and dangers of the Three Gorges Dam, and to detail stories of individuals displaced by the project and its environmental impacts, visit the exhibit Web site.

University of Chicago International House
China and the Future of the World (April 28-29, 2006)
University of Chicago International House See a PowerPoint presentation file entitled "Women in Modern China - From Iron Maiden to Super Model", given by Wang Ping for a spring colloquium arranged by the University of Chicago International House.

Between the Lines
Asian American Women's Poetry (2001)
Watch a clip of Wang Ping explaining how she discovered writing, including a video interpretation of her reading "No Sense Of Direction" (from The Magic Whip) for a production by Yunah Hong. (3:50)

Poets on Poetry
Poetry Foundation (March 19, 1999)
Poets on Poetry Teachers & Writers Collaborative Read an interview by Daniel Kane with Wang Ping about poems, poetics, and how to teach poetry to students in grades K-12, as she presents her poem "Syntax" and discusses how speakers of English as a second language can write good poems in English without worrying too much about grammar and syntax.

Born With Song
Poetry & Planet on EarthTalk (June 25, 2020)
Poetry & Planet on EarthTalk Listen as Wang Ping reads "Deer Park" by Wang Wei and elaborates on spreading art, poetry and kinship from the Mississippi to the Yangtze. Additionally, "Rip Rap" by Gary Snyder is read by R. Michael Oliver. Musical excerpts from "Elements of Life" and "Earth Revisited" are written and performed by Reginald Cyntje, with vocals by Christie Dashiell. Aural interludes are by Douglas Harvey. The opening poetry chorus is voiced by Jomo K. Johnson, Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram, Marianne Szlyk, and R. Michael Oliver. Poetry & Planet is produced by Ethan Goffman. EarthTalk leverages the power of the media to help everyday people understand complex environmental issues, promote sustainability and live greener lives. (44:35)

Immigrant Can't Write Poetry
APM The Slowdown (July 26, 2019)
APM The Slowdown The Slowdown is a public radio broadcast and podcast hosted by former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. The weekday, five-minute modules are produced by APM in partnership with The Poetry Foundation, and they present a different way to see the world - through poetry. The Slowdown encourages audiences to think deeply about the world around them, a broader and more diverse perspective than is commonly presented. (5:00)

Tientos Tango
Solo Flamenco Performance (February 12, 2017)
Icehouse Minneapolis Since finding a flamenco dancer card at the age of six, and after years of practice, watch Wang Ping's first solo flamenco performance at Icehouse Minneapolis. Special thanks to Sachiko Nishiuki for her instruction and to Kris Hill, Olivia Rojas and Ross Fellrath for their music accompaniment. (8:39)

Ten Thousand Waves Film Installation
Museum of Modern Art (November 27, 2013)
Museum of Modern Art Go behind the scenes with filmmaker Isaac Julien as he discusses the immersive film installation of Ten Thousand Waves. Julien originally commissioned Wang Ping to write a narrative script for a film on global immigration, entitled Small Boats. When he saw the finished poem, Julien decided to make a film installation specifically on Chinese immigration, which he entitled Ten Thousand Waves, after Ping's poem. The work was inspired by a tragedy on February 5, 2004, when more than twenty Chinese migrant laborers drowned in Morecambe Bay, England, caught off guard by an incoming tide. Additional collaborators include actresses Maggie Cheung and Zhao Tao, calligrapher Gong Fagen, multimedia artist Yang Fudong, cinematographer Zhao Xiaoshi, musician Jah Wobble, composer Maria de Alvear, and the Chinese Dub Orchestra. (3:42)

Also listen to related audio recordings of Wang Ping reading "Small Boats" (12:07) and "How To Cross the Line" (4:20).

Being Good vs. Being Wild
MN Original / TPT (October 26, 2012)
MN Original / TPT Featuring Wang Ping as she discusses the unexpected shift in her writing voice composing poetry in English and in Chinese, watch as she describes how elements of grammar, syntax, style and formality compare between the two languages. (2:08)

2008 Minnesota Book Awards
For Novel & Short Story (April 12, 2008)
Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library Watch as Wang Ping accepts the 2008 Minnesota Book Award in the category of Novel & Short Story for The Last Communist Virgin. (2:14)

Black & White Violin
Artist Project Collaboration (May 2007)
Listen to an audio file by New York composer Susie Ibarra that features the spoken poem "Golden Phoenix" by Wang Ping. (8:05) Also visit SusieIbarra.com for her news, performances, and projects.

Minnesota Public Radio Interview
Wang Ping's Long Journey (May 1, 2007)
Minnesota Public Radio Go to Minnesota Public Radio to read an interview with Wang Ping by senior news editor Euan Kerr that aired during the Morning Edition program.

Macalester Faculty Talks
The Last Communist Virgin (January 2007)
Macalester College Listen to an interview of Wang Ping talking about her collection of short stories, The Last Communist Virgin, and how her experiences in rural China shaped the book. (13:11)

Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Winter Book Poetry Anthology (December 2005)
Minnesota Center for Book Arts Listen to two poems by Wang Ping as recorded on the accompanying CD to the Minnesota Center for Book Arts 2005 Winter Book Poetry Anthology:

1. Breaker (1:09) 2. Outcry (musical accompaniment by Jesse Katzman - 2:37)

Aching for Beauty (October 2000)
KARE 11 Watch an interview from the nightly news on Wang Ping's book, Aching for Beauty, how she came to write it, what footbinding means, and what she hoped to accomplish. (4:25)

Flash of Selfish Consciousness
Artists on the Cutting Edge (April 10, 1997)
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Watch "Flash of Selfish Consciousness: The Poetry of Wang Ping", presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) and UCSD-TV. Ping reads selections from her award-winning work and discusses the evolution of her style from ethnocentric influences to multicultural concerns. (28:32)

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