- 'Bird Talk' translator, Frederik H. Green talks Xu Xu's life and legacy with University of Chicago
Xu Xu was a pivotal figure in Chinese literature of the 20th Century. As an exile who made Hong Kong his home in the 1950s, Xu Xu helped to frame modern Hong Kong literary culture, and strands of those works can be found in other medium from that time and even today. While much of Xu Xu’s Hong Kong fiction explored the experience of Chinese exiles and was steeped in nostalgia, his neo-romantic tendencies also linked Hong Kong literature to a global literary modernity. Join Professor Haun Saussy and Professor Frederik Green for a discussion of Xu Xu’s life and works in translation with reference to Professor Green’s new book Bird Talk and Other Stories. Read more about and pick up a copy of Xu Xu's Bird Talk and Other Stories here.
- Stone Bridge Cafe: 'Visual Haiku – This Distance II (Poem No.72)'
Stone Bridge Cafe is a bi-weekly online series from Stone Bridge Press devoted to bringing readers short stories, poems, non-fiction pieces, photographs, and artwork from and/or about East Asia. For submission guidelines and info, follow the link at the bottom of this post. On the menu this week is a three-course visual haiku: a striking and subtly penetrating photographic tryptic from artist and researcher Roland Buckingham-Hsiao. ☀☀☀ "These photographs were taken with a Holga toy camera in the Far East; they represent research undertaken into Chinese and Japanese aesthetic principles and traditions of representation. The elements and principles of art have been used to translate the characteristics of Japanese short poetry—such as economy and the linking of dissimilar things—into the syntax of visual language. As a 'visual poem' however, the work consists entirely of the associations, allusions and atmosphere suggested by the images. The viewer/reader is left to decide or create the meaning as the poems are open-ended and meditative, having floated free of words."—Roland Buckingham-Hsiao. Visual Haiku – This Distance II (Poem No.72) ☀☀☀ Roland Buckingham-Hsiao is an artist and researcher based in the UK and Taiwan. His work investigates the boundaries of language—text/image, text/body and text/object relations—often via East-West cultural exchange. His creative practice is interdisciplinary but revolves around photography, calligraphy and poetry. He studied Art at Universities across Canterbury, Belfast and London, U.K. and Mandarin and Chinese calligraphy at University in Taichung, Taiwan. He has exhibited artworks at many museums and galleries around the world including Tate Britain in London, UK and is currently engaged in practice-based doctoral research at the University of Sunderland, UK. For more about Buckingham-Hsiao and his artwork, we recommend you browse his blog: https://buckinghamhsiao.wordpress.com/ If you would like to submit your own work to Stone Bridge Cafe, follow this link for submission info and guidelines: http://www.stonebridge.com/sbp-blog/stone-bridge-cafe-guidelines-submission-info
- Millions includes Tracy Franz's 'My Year of Dirt and Water' to their end of the year reading list
A big thank you to Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers and The Millions or including My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan by Tracy Franz to her end of the year reading list. Letitia says "Franz matches restraint with reflexiveness, the precision of her self-awareness countered by her telling omissions." Grab a copy of the book here: Read the rest of Letitia's list here: https://themillions.com/2018/12/a-year-in-reading-letitia-montgomery-rodgers.html #book, #expatliterature, #japan, #japanesecutlure, #japaneseliterature, #journalofazenmonkswife, #myyearofdirtandwater, #review; #themillions; #tracyfranz, #zenmonk
- The Inland Sea
SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 9/1/02 # of Pages 288 Dimensions 6 x 9" Price (Print/Ebook) $18./$9.95 PISBN 9781611720242 EISBN 9781611729160 The Inland Sea Author Donald Richie In this acclaimed travel memoir, Donald Richie paints a memorable portrait of the island-studded Inland Sea. His existential ruminations on food, culture, and love and his brilliant descriptions of life and landscape are a window into an Old Japan that has now nearly vanished. Included are the twenty black and white photographs by Yoichi Midorikawa that accompanied the original 1971 edition. Preview " still gleams with the freshness of discovery. Years ago it was often called one of the great travel books, and so it seems today." The Inland Sea — The National Post "A welcome reissue of the book Richie published in 1971, which has been celebrated as a classic in travel literature." — Thomas BeVier, Foreword Reviews Winter 2016 Issue "It is a wonderful reminder of the joys of taking oneself out of one’s usual element, of the comfort of strangers, of drifting without fixed destination, and of those fleetingly satori moments of mindful self-awareness that snatch the solitary traveller." — Jasper Sharp, All The Anime "Richie’s book, on its surface a travel account, is a beautiful reflection on all things Japanese by one of the country’s most acute observers. Anyone with an interest in Japan would enjoy this book, and those lucky enough to be on a voyage through the Inland Sea even more so." — Longitude "A legendary book in the Japan field. The newest edition by Stone Bridge Press deserves a place of honor In your bookshelf—and in your mind." — Alexis Agliano Sanborn, JQ Magazine Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) Donald Richie Well known for his instrumental role in introducing Japanese film to the West and for his travel memoir , which was adapted into a popular PBS documentary. The Inland Sea Learn More
- The Little Exile
SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 5/1/07 # of Pages 240 Dimensions 5 x 8" Price (Print/Ebook) $14.95/$7.95 PISBN 9781611720365 EISBN 9781611729238 The Little Exile Author Jeanette S. Arakawa After Pearl Harbor, little Marie Mitsui, who considers herself a typical American girl, sees her life of school and playing with friends in San Francisco totally upended. Her family and 120,000 others of Japanese ancestry are forcibly relocated to internment camps far from home. Living conditions in the camps are harsh, life after camp is similarly harsh, but in the end, as she and her family make their way back to San Francisco, Marie sees hope for the future. Told from a child’s perspective, The Little Exile deftly conveys Marie’s innocence, wonder, fear, and outrage. Though names and some details have been altered, this is the author's own life story. She believes that underlying everyone's experience, no matter how varied, are threads of humanity that bind us all. It is her hope that readers of all ages are able to find those threads in her story. Preview "Jeanette Arakawa has done a masterful job in bringing this tragic story to life. It should be required reading in our schools. We have to make sure that what happened to my parents, and tens of thousands of other Japanese-Americans, never happens again. belongs on everyone's shelf.” The Little Exile — Prof. Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics, author of Physics of the Impossible "Arakawa revisits the fear, confusion and injustice her family experienced during World War II... Describes years of displacement and privation as she comes to understand the meaning of discrimination in the land of the free. " — The Mercury News "Deeply moving and poignant" — Gayle Noguchi, Wheel of Dharma "A literary-cultural-historical gift" — Asian American Literature Fans "Through the sharp and observant eyes of a preteen child, Jeanette Arakawa offers a readable, matter-of-fact account of wartime upheaval and the imprisonment of her family and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans. . . . should be required reading for every schoolchild and every U.S. government official.” The Little Exile — Sharon Noguchi, journalist "An illuminating glimpse inside a stolen life." — 101 Books About Japan "Moving, beautiful, and important." — Doug Dorst, New York Times Best-selling author of S (with JJ Abrams) and Alive in Necropolis "A delightful read for all ages — a young heroine who prevails through the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. Marie Mitsui is as tenacious as a Hayao Miyazaki heroine, so perhaps, rather than a 1940s movie that rarely had Asian faces, you might discover an inspiring animation as you read . The Little Exile — Nichi Bei "With the deftness and colorful detail of a gifted artist, Arakawa captures the WWII confinement experience of Japanese Americans as seen through the eyes of a young child. Little Marie’s innocent wisdom and spritely audacity frame the enormity of the trauma along with the minutiae of everyday life confined by barbed wire. Her story tugs at the conscience and inspires human kindness.” — Satsuki Ina, Ph.D., Producer, PBS documentary, Children of the Camps "Arakawa’s detailed child’s eye view of that story is by turns funny, angry, and sad, like most children are. It is a worthwhile addition to the camp memoir club." — Densho "Arakawa tells her remarkable story with neither bitterness nor anguish but spares no details of the disturbing experience." 5/5 — San Francisco Book Review "Set amidst the tumult and trauma of displacement and incarceration, Arakawa offers us the moving and poignant story of a young girl whose American identity is constantly challenged. dramatically captures not only the broad historical injustices, but also the small acts of kindness and cruelty that leave such an indelible impression on our lives." The Little Exile — Michael Omi, University of California, Berkeley "These are experiences that need to be remembered" — Kirkus Reviews "Few books about Japanese American incarceration capture so vividly the feel of community before the war, during the incarceration, and in the postwar relocation years. Arakawa has written an epic story in small, exquisitely remembered vignettes that glow with humor, warmth, and her own and her family's wisdom." — Gil Asakawa, author of Being Japanese American "An evocative excursion into a young person’s life being drastically inverted." — The International Examiner " is a memoir worth reading. One piece of advice though: be prepared to read it in multiple sittings. My heart needed time between chapters or it would’ve broken." The Little Exile — Hippocampus Magazine " has a renewed and special relevance for today's national discussion related to immigration issues and the unhappy willingness of a great many Americans to repeat the errors of our past." The Little Exile — The Midwest Book Review "[ ] gives us a peak into the racism and the hate Japanese Americans had to endure during those years—but also the small acts of kindness that they also experienced too. These kinds of stories are important." The Little Exile — 8Asians "Arakawa takes readers on a journey through the brutal challenges that many Japanese Americans faced." — JQ Magazine Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) Jeanette S. Arakawa Born in San Francisco, California to Japanese immigrants. During World War II, she was part of a diaspora that took her to Stockton, California, Rohwer, Arkansas, and Denver, Colorado. Learn More
- The Name of the Flower
SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 9/1/94 # of Pages 152 Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5" Price (Print/Ebook) $16.95 PISBN 9781880656099 EISBN NA The Name of the Flower (Out of Print) Author Kuniko Mukoda Over a dozen unsettling and eccentric stories chart the distances between men and women and between people and their memories of the past. Mixing startling visual details and plot twists with subtle changes of hue and texture, these tales of ordinary Japanese families offer vivid portraits of secret unhappiness and betrayal of men trapped by obsession and insecurity, of women finding strength and sorrow in their ability to silently endure. A wife's devoted effort to make her husband more refined is met by a vulgar betrayal. A fish mysteriously appears in a kitchen one afternoon, and no one but the philandering husband knows why. A young wife-to-be revels in the attention she gets from her fiance's assistant, until she finds out what he's really after. A man takes a day off work and discovers strange memories int he closets and drawers at home. A father worries that his daughter, like his own mother, may be incapable of controlling her sexuality. A satisfying blend of literary style and sharp observations on modern domestic life, this collection introduces the late Kuniko Mukoda as a sensitive writer with a calculating, mischievous intelligence. Preview Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) Kuniko Mukoda Was born in Tokyo in 1929. A scriptwriter known for her domestic dramas for radio and television, she died in a tragic plane crash in 1981. Learn More