Join us as we celebrate the new authoritative translation from Penguin Classics of The Story of Hong Gildong--arguably the single-most important book of classic Korean fiction. Following the adventures of the Robin Hood-like Hong Gildong, this social justice fairy tale has been adapted into feature films, television shows, cartoons, and even a video game. As NPR writes, "Hong Gildong is an iconic figure in the Korean literary canon...He's the mythic center of a sometimes-delightful, sometimes-unsettling tale, and it's time the Western world gets to know him." Translator Minsoo Kang will deliver a talk about his new translation, and we’ll also present short reflections on Hong Gildong by novelists Min Jin Lee and Marie Myung-Ok Lee. Minsoo Kang is an associate professor of European history at University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the author of Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination and coeditor of Visions of the Industrial Age, 1830–1914: Modernity and the Anxiety of Representation in Europe. He is also the author of a short story collection, Of Tales and Enigmas.Marie Myung-Ok Lee is a graduate of Brown University, where she taught for fifteen years. She is the author of the novel Somebody’s Daughter (Beacon Press). Her next book is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Slate, the Guardian, the Nation, the Atlantic, and Salon. She teaches creative writing at Columbia University and is a founder and former board president of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.Min Jin Lee's debut novel Free Food for Millionaires was a No. 1 Book Sense Pick, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a Wall Street Journal Juggle Book Club selection, and a national bestseller; it was a Top 10 Novels of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air and USA Today. Her novel Pachinko is forthcoming in February 2017.This event is cosponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures - Columbia University and the Center for Korean Research.$5 suggested donationOpen to the publicRESERVE A SEAT!..
Come through to celebrate the new anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion (Aunt Lute Books 2016), the first anthology to examine the multiple facets of daughterhood in South Asian American families. Intimate, heart-breaking, political, and hilarious, these first person essays examine what it means to be the perfect Asian daughter. (The book’s title—editor Piyali Bhattacharya writes in Feministing—arose out of “a tongue-in-cheek jab at the things Asian-American mothers sometimes say.”) Featuring editor Piyali Bhattacharya and contributors Swati Khurana, Rajpreet Heir, Jyothi Natarajan, and Ankita Rao. Moderated by Sejal Shah.
Piyali Bhattacharya is editor of the NEA grant-winning anthology, Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion. She has published essays in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and NatGeo, and fiction in Ploughshares and NANO Fiction. She is completing an MFA in fiction at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Swati Khurana is a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Weeklings, Narrative.ly, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, and Asian American Literary Review. As a visual artist, she has presented her work at the Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens Museums of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and has received awards and residencies from Jerome Foundation, Bronx Council on the Arts, Cooper Union, Center for Book Arts, Henry Street Settlement. A Kundiman Poetry fellow, she is working on a novel titled The No.1 Printshop of Lahore and book of collected essays titled Love Letters and Other Necessary Fictions. Read her essay, Indexing A Life, in The Margins.
Rajpreet Heir graduated from George Mason University’s MFA program, where she was the sole recipient of the 2015-2016 Nonfiction Thesis Fellowship. She is an Indian British American and writes about growing up in Indiana. Her family did indeed move there because India was in the name.
Jyothi Natarajan is managing editor at the Asian American Writers' Workshop where she edits The Margins, an arts and ideas magazine featuring the work of Asian American writers, artists, and thinkers. She was previously an editor at the Caravan magazine, and prior to that worked in book publishing at The New Press.
Ankita Rao is currently an editor at VICE’s science and tech site, Motherboard. In the past she has covered health, gender and change for The New York Times, Quartz, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, Slate and other international publications. She most recently reported from India, where she wrote about health care policy, the evolving status of women’s rights, and the heated 2014 national election. She received grants from the Pulitzer Center, South Asian Journalists Association, and the Fund for Investigative Journalism to pursue long-form projects about rural India.
Sejal Shah’s book manuscript, How to Make Your Mother Cry, was a finalist for both the 2016 The Journal / Ohio University Press Non/Fiction Collection Prize and the 2016 Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Essay Collection Competition. Previously an assistant professor of English at Marymount Manhattan College, she is the recipient of residencies from Blue Mountain Center, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and New York University, as well as fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Kundiman, and the Ragdale Foundation. Read her recollections of Agha Shahid Ali in The Margins, as well has her rebuttal to Michael Derrick Hudson.
$5 suggested donationOpen to the publicRESERVE A SEAT!
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