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AA Bastian is a writer and interpreter. The Journal of Burmese Studies will publish “The Other Bayonet: A New Source to Frame the Second Anglo-Burmese War” in June 2017 in conjunction with her work on the Mormon missionary journey to Siam. In 2006 she won an honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest 75th Annual Writing Competition for a memoir entitled, “Japanese Carp”. She resides in the Washington, DC metro area contributing to the Washington Independent Review of Books and working as the Agent/Pitch coordinator for their annual writers conference. She lived in various countries in Asia and the Middle East for eight and a half years. Her writing currently centers around Asia and the Middle East. She received her master’s degree from the University of Reading in England in International Law and World Order and her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in History with a minor in Arabic.

 

Most Recent Project

During my third grade year in 1986 the Japanese government refused to renew the lease for the American military base in Okinawa, Japan where my elementary school was located. Our principal announced that we had move to another school on a different military base after Spring break the next year.

Following the announcement I remember standing on the grass one afternoon completely absorbed staring through the fence into Japanese territory, seeing it for the first time. I first awakened, even at eight-years-old, to the world outside my protected sphere. I later won an Honorable Mention in the Memoir/Personal Essay category of the Writer’s Digest 75th Annual Writing Competition for a piece looking critically at those five and a half years I spent there, “Japanese Carp”.

Ever since those years I’ve studied East-West history, politics, and languages focusing, in particular, on those nuances we miss because our paradigms are clogged with stories we’ve heard too many times about each other.

I studied and can converse in Mandarin and Arabic but have also studied basic Japanese and Hebrew. Then I studied in England to obtain a master’s degree in International Law and World Order focusing on East-West dynamics. I lived in the Middle East and Asia a total of eight years, including Japan, Taiwan, Israel and Egypt and visited many more countries in the regions, including South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, India, and Jordan. I’ve also worked with Gulf Arabs in or from Qatar and the Emirates as a sign interpreter and to establish cultural exchanges.

Unsigned: The Letters that Spared Siam from Colonization is my current project mixing my passion for East-West dynamics with my own Mormon heritage that reaches back into the 1840’s and 1850’s. And as a person living under the poverty line during my junior high and high school years, I also strongly relate to the socio-economic aspects of Elam Luddington’s condition.

After four and a half years of piecing together primary sources from archives on three continents I reveal the identity of the person who wrote the two letters in this epic narrative history.

 


Publishing Credits:

“The Other Bayonet: A New Source to Frame the Second Anglo-Burmese War”, The Journal of Burmese Studies, scheduled Jun 2017

“Review: White Fly”, Washington Independent Review of Books, Dec 2016

“Review: A Rare Blue Bird Flies With Me”Washington Independent Review of Books, Nov 2016

“Feature: City of Writes”Washington Independent Review of Books, Oct 2016

“Review: The Televangelist”Washington Independent Review of Books, Sep 2016

“Review: The Castaway’s War”Washington Independent Review of Books, Aug 2016

“Meet the Press: May 2016 Hoopoe specializes in stories from the Middle East and North Africa”, Washington Independent Review of Books, May 2016

“Mormon Man Creates Controversy”By Common Consent September 2014

“Baggage on the Hooghly: Race, Asia, and the Mormons”, July 2014

“The Broken History”LDS Phrontistery July 2013

“From Siamese Prison to Mormon Memory”Juvenile Instructor June 2013

“Double Facebook Profile: Egyptian Women Online”Eurasia Review April 2011

“Japanese Carp”, Honorable Mention in the Memoirs/Personal Essay category of the Writer’s Digest 75th Annual Writing Competition November 2006

“Voicing Iron Chef”, Signatures, Vol. 10 Num 2  December 2005

“Professionals Look to the Future of NIC in Utah”, Signatures, Vol. 10, Num 1  March 2005

Self-Published Extended Essays

Mormon is not American, Amazon, Mar 2016

Boots in the Temple: A Collection, Amazon, Sep 2015

Baggage on the Hooghly: Race, Asia, and the Mormons, Amazon, Aug 2015

Awards:

Honorable Mention in the Memoirs/Personal Essay category of the Writer’s Digest 75th Annual Writing Competition, November 2006

Unsung Hero Award for teaching excellence at Provo High School, 2009

Parent Teacher Association Award for working well with parents, 2006

Industry Appointment:

Agent/Pitch Coordinator for the Washington Independent Review of Books

Education:

MA, International Law and World Order, The University of Reading, England, Dec 2003

BA, Major: History, Minor: Arabic, Brigham Young University, Utah, Apr 2002

Other Profession:

Professionally certified, full-time American Sign Language interpreter

Interpret in a variety of situations and locations: higher education, non-profit, government, business

Organizations/Memberships

Association for Asian Studies

American History Association

Washington Biographer’s Group

Biographer’s International (lapsed)

Mormon History Association (MHA)

Publisher’s Marketplace

Washington Independent Review of Books

Professional Development

Washington Biographer’s Group, Washington, DC, monthly

Washington Independent Review of Books, Editor, April 2015-ongoing

Tension & Conflict, Writers Center, Bethesda, MD May 2016

Writing Character, Writers Center, Bethesda, MD Apr 2016

Mormon History Association Conference, Provo, UT Jun 2015 (Presented a paper: “Thai Foundations: When a Missionary Arrived in 1854″)

Association for Asian Studies Conference, Chicago, IL, Mar 2015

Creative Non Fiction, Writer’s Center, Bethesda MD, Spring 2015

Mormon History Association Conference, San Antonio, TX (Presented a paper: “No Purse or Scrip: Analysis of Three Accommodations in Asia for a Working Class Missionary in the 1850s”), Jun 2014

Association for Asian Studies Conference, Philadelphia, PA, Mar 2014

American History Association Conference, Washington, DC, Jan 2014

Mormon History Association Conference, Layton, Utah, June 2013

Narrative Nonfiction: History and Biography, Writer’s Center, Bethesda, MD, Spring 2013

How to Create a Page Turner, Writer’s Center, Bethesda, MD, Fall 2012

Suspense Writing, Writer’s Center, Bethesda, MD Fall 2012

Creating the Feature Article, Writer’s Center, Bethesda, Spring 2011

Writing Articles, Writer’s Center, Bethesda, Fall 2010

Creative Writing, Brigham Young University, Fall 2006

Author Bio (Short)

Audrey Bastian is a Freelance Writer and Interpreter in the DC Metro area.  Audrey won an Honorable Mention for her memoir, “Japanese Carp” in the 75th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition.  She received her master’s degree from the University of Reading, UK in International Law and World Order.  Her bachelor’s degree is in History with a minor in Arabic from Brigham Young University.  She is now working on a narrative non-fiction book about the first Mormon missionary to Siam in 1852.

Author Bio (Long)

Audrey Bastian is a freelance writer and interpreter speaking Mandarin, Arabic and American Sign Language.  She lived in various countries in Asia eight years and received her masters degree in International Law and World Order from the University of Reading in England.  Her bachelors degree is in History with a minor in Arabic at Brigham Young University.  She won an honorable mention in 2006 in the Writer’s Digest 75th Annual Writing Competition for a memoir entitled, “Japanese Carp”.  She owns her own business and resides in Washington, DC.  She is now working on a narrative non-fiction book about the first Mormon missionary to Siam in 1852.

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