Are You an Echo? with translator David Jacobson
Dec. 11, 2018, 7:00 PM Eastern Time
Misuzu Kaneko charmed 1920s Japan with the child-like sincerity and empathy of her poetry. But despite her success, she suffered tragedy in her private life and committed suicide at age twenty-seven, after writing 512 short poems. Nearly forgotten for the next fifty years, Misuzu's work was rediscovered in 1982 and she soon became one of Japan's best-loved children's poets. The appearance of her poem “Are You an Echo?” in a public service announcement after the 2011 tsunami achieved instant fame, reminding Japanese of their shared humanity at a time of great national crisis.--from misuzukaneko.com
Registration link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3881429272156123906
Green Island, with author Shawna Yang Ryan
Jan. 22, 2019, 7:00 PM EST
Shawna Yang Ryan is a former Fulbright scholar in Taiwan who teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. "As the novel sweeps across six decades and two continents, the life of the narrator shadows the course of Taiwan's history from the end of Japanese colonial rule to the decades under martial law and, finally, to Taiwan's transformation into a democracy."--amazon.com
A Girls’ Guide to the Islands, with author Suzanne Kamata.
Jan. 30, 2019, 7:00 PM EST
“The American writer Suzanne Kamata had lived in Japan for more than half of her life, yet she had never explored the small nearby islands of the Inland Sea. The islands, first made famous by Donald Richie’s The Inland Sea 50 years ago, are noted for displaying artwork created by prominent, and sometimes curious, international artists and sculptors: Naoshima’s wealth of museums, including one devoted to 007, Yayoi Kusama’s polka dot pumpkins, Kazuo Katase’s blue teacup, and a monster rising out of a well on the hour in Sakate, called “Anger at the Bottom of the Sea”―to name a few. Spurred by her teen-aged daughter Lilia's burgeoning interest in art and adventure, Kamata sets out to show her the islands’ treasures. Mother and daughter must confront several barriers on their adventure. Lilia is deaf and uses a wheelchair. It is not always easy to get onto -- or off of -- the islands, not to mention the challenges of language, culture, and a generation gap. A Girls’ Guide to the Islands takes the reader on a rare visit by a unique mother and daughter team.” (P O'Hare Gemma Open door for Literacy)
This book will be of interest to anyone who wants to read about young people in Japan today, and it will appeal to a broad spectrum of students, including English Language Learners and reluctant readers.
Taiwan and the World
Mar. 5, 2019, 7:00 PM Eastern Time
Join Professor James Lin, University of Washington Taiwan Studies Program, as he discusses Taiwan's place in the world today.
Registration and Info: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6175470123094257155
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