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​It's a Wonderful Rife review of "In the Woods of Memory" by Shun Medoruma

Thomas Joel - Friday, June 23, 2017

It's a Wonderful Rife reviewed Shun Medoruma's new novel In the Woods of Memory, writing that it's "not just a book about different cultures, rather it’s a look inside the human psyche and how war is merely a part of the backdrop." Much appreciated! Read More


​The Japan Times review of "In the Woods of Memory" by Shun Medoruma

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Japan Times just reviewed Shun Medoruma's latest novel, In the Woods of Memory, writing that "in its unsparing squint into the darkest moments of human experience, this masterpiece of Okinawan literature continues to speak to us all." Much appreciated – we couldn't agree more! Read More


Cultural Reflections in Japanese and American Cinema

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

If art is the backbone of culture, the underlying essence that reflects and informs how life is experienced, then exploring the nuanced and often drastic distinctions between the art of different regions can reveal collective perceptions of the human experience and the world at large.  Read More


The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga

Thomas Joel - Monday, June 12, 2017

One of our titles, The  Four Immigrants Manga written by Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama and translated into English by Frederik L. Schodt, is being adapted into a musical! It premiers at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto on July 12th and will run through August 6th. Read More


​The Literary Review: "Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun" by Homare Endo

Thomas Joel - Monday, June 12, 2017

The Literary Review just wrote a piece on Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun by Homare Endo – much appreciated!  Read More


Goodreads Giveaway: "The Little Exile" by Jeanette Arakawa

Thomas Joel - Friday, June 02, 2017

Win a free copy of The Little Exile, the new, highly acclaimed memoir about a young girl's experiences in a Japanese American internment camp. Read More


The SF Book Review, JQ Magazine, and Densho review "The Little Exile"

Thomas Joel - Friday, May 26, 2017

Everyone's talking about Jeanette Arakawa's new memoir, The Little Exile, including the San Francisco Book Review, JQ Magazine, and Densho, all of which have reviewed the book over the past week. Here's a little taste of each review. Read More


8asians Book Review: "The Little Exile" by Jeanette Arakawa

Thomas Joel - Friday, May 19, 2017

8asians, the collaborative online publication that features original, diverse commentary by Asians from around the world, recently reviewed Jeanette Arakawa's new memoir, The Little Exile – much appreciated!
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Tofugu speaks with SBP author and translator Fred Schodt

Thomas Joel - Monday, May 15, 2017

In this interview, Tofugu chats with SBP author, translator, and interpreter Frederik Schodt. Fred is known for working closely with the “God of Manga” himself, Osamu Tezuka, as a translator and interpreter. He is also one of the first writers to help bring manga to the western world with his landmark book, Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese ComicsRead More


Excerpt Wednesday: "In the Woods of Memory" by Shun Medoruma

Thomas Joel - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

With the release of Shun Medoruma's In the Woods of Memory on the horizon, we thought it would be apt to pull this week's excerpt from the novel, a book Foreword Reviews lauds as "a subtle yet intense and multilayered portrait of Okinawa during World War II and into the twenty-first century."  Read More


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