About Annie Tan

Annie Tan, Chinatown, Smelliest Block in NYC, storyteller, Cindy Trinh
Credit: Cindy Trinh

My name is Annie Tan, and I am a special education teacher, storyteller, writer, speaker, and activist based in Chinatown, New York: I have a lot to say, hence my nickname “Annie Tangent.” I talk about growing up Asian American and as a kid of immigrants, teaching, teachers unions and public education, and organizing for a better world. My work has been featured in The New York Times, Huffington Post, The New Republic, PBS’ Asian Americans, and twice on The Moth Radio Hour. I am currently working on my first book, a memoir, and hope one day to write an epic book about my family and Asian American history.

Outside of being a full-time special education teacher, I am available for speaking engagements and storytelling events. I keynoted the Museum of the City of New York’s “Teaching Social Activism” Conference in May 2019, have performed as a storyteller and speaker with the Moth Mainstage and other shows, and I have also hosted shows and fundraisers.

You can find me on Twitter and Instagram at annietangent. To contact me, email at annietangent@gmail.com or fill out my contact form!

Selected Media

As featured in CityLab‘s “How To Protect the Asian American Community” (April 20, 2021) Illustration by Ariel Aberg-Riger

Video Features:

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Watch Annie’s Stories:

Annie Tan, Kevin Penczak for The Moth, Storyteller, Storytelling, Vincent Chin, Lily Chin, The Moth, The Moth Mainstage
Kevin Penczak for The Moth

Podcasts and Audio:

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Listen to Interviews with Annie:

Annie Tan, Haruka Sakaguchi for the New York Times, Interview, Education, Teacher, Asian American, Elite Admissions, SHSAT, Specialized High School Test, Brooklyn Tech, New York Times
Haruka Sakaguchi for
The New York Times

Articles and Writing

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Speaking Engagements

Annie Tan, special education teacher, keynote, keynote speaker, Museum of the City of New York, MCNY, Teaching Social Activism, Conference, 2019, Dave Jeffers, teacher, teaching, speech
2019 “Teaching Social Activism” Keynote
Photo: Dave Jeffers, for
Museum of the City of New York (MCNY)
Annie Tan, NYCAASC, New York City Asian American Students Conference, Keynote, Keynote Speaker, 2020, Crushing the Myth, Conference, College Conference, Vincent Chin, Lily Chin
2020 NYCAASC Keynote
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