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October 18th, 6:30 PM
The Foundry
1419 Clinton St.
Nashville, TN 37203

A collaboration between Shoes Off Nashville, API Middle Tennessee, and the Nashville AAPI Writers featuring music, storytelling, & crafted dishes. Inspired by tradition, this unique concert experience fuses live music, spoken word, and crafted dishes from various, locally and Asian-owned businesses in Nashville. The Mid-Autumn Festival is an annual tradition observed in China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Thailand (among other countries) to celebrate the end of the fall harvest.

All are welcome to join us in gratitude, celebration, inclusivity, and education, either as a member of Nashville’s Asian community or an ally interested in learning more about history and the community today. There will be musical performances by Lisa Goe, Elissa Sun, Tyler Kohrs, and Andrei, as well as readings by local writers Sarong Vit-Kory, Sheba Karim, and Malaka Gharib. Attendees will also be given complimentary copies of special booklets that will include 6 short written pieces by other Nashville AAPI writers.

Events like these are only made possible with community support!  If you would like to help us continue lifting up Asian and Pacific Islander voices, consider making a donation.

Musical Performances by



Originating from Hong Kong, Andrei has been gracing Nashville with his heartfelt country melodies for over a decade. Seamlessly blending two musical worlds, he has crafted a unique sound that resonates locally and beyond. His soulful voice and genuine lyrics have firmly established him in both the local and international music scenes, proving that exceptional country music transcends geographical boundaries.


Ellisa Sun

Ellisa Sun, a force on stage, left her heart on the road during her nationwide Dreamboat tour in 2018, covering 170 shows in a year. Relocating to Nashville after her journey, her music is a textured fusion of R&B, soul, jazz, and bossa nova, resonating with raw emotion. Her tracks found their way onto screens via shows like "L.A.'s Finest," "Dollface," and "Kung Fu." An adept crowdfunder, Ellisa raised $15,000 for her upcoming record, featuring Nashville's finest talents. Her journey continues, an artist unafraid to pour her soul into her art.


Lisa Goe

A prolific songwriter, Lisa Goe boasts an impressive portfolio including credits for artists like Justin Bieber and Jordin Sparks. Her music draws from a diverse range of influences, grounded in her personal experiences and emotions. Writing has become her sanctuary for unfiltered expression. Born into a musical family in LA, Lisa's connection with music flourished early on. She's been on stage since the age of four and later honed her skills in Chicago and LA before settling in Nashville. In 2016, she co-founded Popoff Nashville, a movement that celebrates the city's pop music scene. Lisa's journey underscores the city's eclectic musical spirit, disproving the notion that Nashville is solely about country music.


Tyler Kohrs

Tyler Kohrs, hailing from South Korea, is a preschool teacher by day and a dedicated country artist by night. His journey gained prominence on Season 20 of "The Voice." His rendition of "More Hearts Than Mine" resonated across the Netherlands, becoming a top 50 hit on country radio. His original piece, "You Broke Me," earned spots on notable playlists. Tyler's unyielding passion and melodic prowess continue to drive his momentum forward.

Storytelling from

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Sarong Vit-Kory

Sarong has always enjoyed writing in her life. Until early last year before she enrolled in a writing course with The Porch, Sarong’s writing was mainly in the academia and professional world. After completing an MA in a degree program called Sustainable International Development, she left Nashville to spend a total of five years living in Cambodia, her parent’s homeland. There, she worked with a nongovernmental organization to reduce poverty in the country. Today, Sarong writes consistently in a memoir to narrate not only the profound learning experience from this period of her life but to also honor the legacy of her Cambodian immigrant parents.


Steve Haruch

Steve Haruch is an award-winning journalist, writer and editor. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Catapult, and NPR’s Code Switch, among other outlets. He is editor of the books Greetings From New Nashville: How a Sleepy Southern Town Became “It” City and People Only Die of Love in Movies: Film Writing by Jim Ridley (both published through Vanderbilt University Press). 

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Sheba Karim

Sheba's fiction and essays have been featured in 580 Split, Asia Literary Review, India Today, Literary Hub, Off Assignment, Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, South Asian Review, The Rumpus, Time Out Delhi and in several anthologies in the United States and India. She's written four YA novels: Skunk Girl, That Thing We Call a Heart, which made several Best Book lists including Bank Street and Kirkus, Mariam Sharma Hits the Road, a NPR Best Book of the Year, and The Marvelous Mirza Girls, winner of the South Asia Book Award. She is the editor of Alchemy: The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Stories II. She lives in Nashville with her family and is a Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University.

About the dishes

Boba (or bubble tea)

These teas were brought to you by The Boba Bar and highlight different Asian flavors.

Spring Rolls

The spring rolls were provided by Thai Esane.  Filled with fresh greens and feature shrimp or tofu (vegetarian option).

Korean Plate

The Korean plate comes with dishes from the Korean American Association of Greater Nashville and Korean BBQ & Sushi.  They feature japchae, a glass noodle dish that's eaten during Chuseok, the Korean Mid-Autumn holiday.  It also features bulgogi (or mixed vegetable tempura for vegetarians), rice, and kimchi.


These taro mooncakes were made by Mama Yang & Daughter.  There are different variations found throughout Asia that have different sizes, shapes, and fillings.  The ones served tonight are filled with taro, a root vegetable common in Southeast Asia.

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