A reading with "Seventeen Syllables," an Asian American writers collective. The phoenix is a mythical bird that rises from the ashes and symbolizes rebirth. Healing requires overcoming silence to tell the stories of our parents and elders who survived war, colonization, oppression, internment and other injustices. Instead of hiding a painful history, we must have the courage to talk about it – and to let the phoenix take flight. Our eight Bay Area writers come from varied backgrounds and work across multiple genres – fiction, poetry, essays and memoir – but all investigate in one way or another what it means to be part of the Asian diaspora living in America.