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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Video: Monkey Business, Japan/America Writers' Dialogue

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On Saturday, Asia Society presented two separate panel discussions, featuring prominent Japanese and foreign literary figures, in celebration of the publication of the sixth edition of Monkey Business, a cutting edge literary journal comprised of new writing from Japan.

The first conversation featured Linh Dinh and Mieko Kawakami and is moderated by Roland Kelts, and the second discussion featured Hideo Furukawa and Rebecca Brown and is moderated by Ted Goosen. Motoyuki Shibata, a founding editor of Monkey Business, introduced the participants.

Watch the above video for a complete presentation of both panel discussions.


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5 comments:

LJansen said...

Before I watch the video, wanted to ask. Linh, did you know Chalmers Johnson? He ran some association, maybe the Asia Society?

LJansen said...

Hi, Linh. Excuse my stupid first question above.

Listening to you and Mieko was a revelation to me. I discovered you from the blog and now I begin to realize how unique your work outside the blog is. (My book phobia will have to be vanquished so I can acquaint myself with your published work.)

Feeling humility for the cosmic chance of finding your work. Linda

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Linda,

I've read some articles by Chalmers Johnson. As for the Asia Society, I'm not that familiar with their activities, to tell you the truth.

The visiting Japanese writers and editors were delightful and very sweet, and everyone was so down to earth. With four events last week, plus roaming around all over, I felt pretty exhausted, however. I'm still tired.


Linh

LJansen said...

Linh., the pics are eloquent. Documenting the dissolution and the attempt to stop it at the same time. You are needed! Linda

Ian Keenan said...

Linda, Asia Society was started by John D. Rockefeller III to house his Asian art collection, whose grandfather started the American tradition of oil prices going up or down based on the demand from the Chinese market, as the cheap labor tradition had been established by the British a few decades before during the Opium Wars along with lower import duties. I try to discern what agenda places like this serve, and the Society promotes 'understanding' and free trade. They had an Iran Modern show a few years ago with a much more objective time line of the country's history than anything you see in Western media, not covered by half of the art periodicals, presumably rationalized along the lines of understanding and free trade. If you go there now they actually have some of the original collection out but usually they have only temporary shows.

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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). Blood and Soap was chosen by Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004. My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.