The Korean Cultural Center New York in collaboration with Asian American Writers’ Workshop and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea invites Sora Kim-Russell, one of today’s top Korean-to-English translators. She will share her experiences and perspectives on career development in literary translation and publishing industry. The talk will be moderated by Jae Won Edward Chung, assistant professor of Korean Studies at Rutgers University.
The Asian American Workshop is a national nonprofit dedicated to the creation, development, publication, & dissemination of Asian diasporic literature & storytelling.
Sora Kim-Russell is a literary translator based in Seoul. Her recent publications include Kim Un-su’s The Plotters; Hwang Sok-yong’s At Dusk, which was longlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International; and Pyun Hye-young’s City of Ash and Red, and The Hole, which won the 2017 Shirley Jackson Award for best novel. Her forthcoming translations include The Law of Lines (a working title) by Pyun Hye-young; On the Origin of Species and Other Stories, by Boyoung Kim, which she is co-translating with Joungmin Lee Comfort; and The Prisoner, an autobiography by Hwang Sok-yong, which she is co-translating with Anton Hur. Her full list of publications can be found at sorakimrussell.com.
Jae Won Edward Chung is assistant professor of Korean Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. He was born in Seoul, grew up in Philly, and received his graduate education in New York. He is currently working on a book about media and everyday life in South Korea from 1948 to 1960. He is also interested in narratives about the end. He has previously taught at Columbia University, Ewha University, and University of Colorado Boulder. Last February, he wrote about Hye-young Pyun’s City of Ash and Red, which was translated by Sora Kim-Russell, in Boston Review.
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This event will be livestreamed on the Asian American Writers’ Facebook page.
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