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Renowned translator Cathy Hirano on 'Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do It Right and Be Polite!'

Intern Intern - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Cathy Hirano, translator of Nohoku Uehashi's The Beast Player and Marie Kondo’s best-selling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, "highly recommend[s]" Amy Chavez's new book Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do It Right and Be Polite!, "not just to avoid making mistakes while in Japan but also to enjoy this intriguing side of its culture and people.” Read More


SBP author Kittredge Cherry on Christianity in Contemporary Japan

Intern Intern - Thursday, April 19, 2018

Is it difficult to be a Japanese Christian in 2018? In this Metropolis Magazine article, scholar, Japanologist, and Stone Bridge Press author Kittredge Cherry discusses the often complex reality of being a Christian in Japan. Read More


Interview: Jeanette Arakawa talks "The Little Exile" on NBC's Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa

Intern Intern - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Stone Bridge Press author Jeanette Arakawa appeared on NBC's Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa to discuss her new Japanese internment memoir The Little Exile and the process of writing these memories out into a narrative.
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Exclusive Interview: Award-winning translator Hiroaki Sato on literary translation and 'The Silver Spoon'

Intern Intern - Friday, January 26, 2018

Fresh from winning one of the two 2017-2018 Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prizes for his English translation of Kansuke Naka's classic Japanese memoir The Silver Spoonwe sat down with renowned translator, poet and author Hiroaki Sato to discuss his particular approach to translating literary works from Japanese into English.
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Hiroaki Sato's 'Silver Spoon' translation wins the Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prize!

Intern Intern - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Congratulations to SBP author and translator Hiroaki Sato for winning one of the two 2017-2018 Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prizes for his English translation of Kansuke Naka's classic Japanese memoir The Silver Spoon, a sharp detailing of life at the end of the Meiji period (1912) through the eyes of a boy as he grows into adolescence. Read More


Life With Manga God Osamu Tezuka: An Interview with Frederik Schodt

Intern Intern - Monday, November 13, 2017

If you’re a manga fan, Frederik Schodt is a name you should know.  Read More


Eve Kushner on Kyle Ikeda, Okinawan literature, and kanji

Intern Intern - Monday, October 16, 2017

Japanese literature scholar Kyle Ikeda spoke this past Saturday about Okinawan literature and Shun Medoruma's In the Woods of Memory at the J-Sei community center in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Read More


Los Altos Town Crier features 'The Little Exile' author Jeanette Arakawa

Intern Intern - Friday, September 22, 2017

In this Los Altos Town Crier article, The Little Exile author Jeanette Arakawa talks about living inside a Japanese American internment camp during WWII and discusses how she turned these experiences into a powerfully evocative memoir. Read More


8 fascinating facts about job interviews in China

Intern Intern - Tuesday, August 01, 2017

In this article, Stefan Verstappen, SBP author of Chinese Business Etiquette, offers some quick tips on how to nail a job interview in China: http://ow.ly/fitj30e5lGQ
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The Mercury News interviews "The Little Exile" author Jeanette Arakawa

Intern Intern - Friday, July 21, 2017

In this Mercury News article, Jeanette Arakawa, author of The Little Exile, talks about her childhood experiences: being stigmatized after Pearl Harbor, the subsequent loss of her family's home and business, her time inside a Japanese American internment camp during WWII, and the impact this experience had on the rest of her life. Read More


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