Friday, March 02, 2007

March 8 - Japanamerica author at JICC

I met Christopher Wanamaker, DC Anime Club President (202 262 2083) at the Shojo Manga exhibit, and he's passed along this press release. I think I'll attend as the book's been getting good press.


The Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan presents: Roland Kelts
Author of: Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US
Thursday March 8th, 2007, 6:30 pm

In the past two decades Japanese culture has become as omnipresent in America as the West is in Japan. Why does Japanese culture speak to Americans today? Roland Kelts is the half-Japanese American author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US. He will examine the relationship between America and Japan and the influence they have on each other’s pop culture.
Mr. Kelts is also an editor of the literary journal A Public Space and a lecturer at The University of Tokyo. His articles, essays, and fiction have been published in Playboy, The Village Voice, Zoetrope: All-Story, Newsday, DoubleTake, Cosmopolitan, The Japan Times, Vogue Japan, Gunzo and Red Herring, among others. His essays on Japan appear in two recently published collections, Gamers and Kuhaku. He was the recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in Writing and a winner of the Playboy Fiction Contest. He was a story consultant on the BBC's six-part series Japanorama, and he has just completed his first novel, Access, which will be published next year. He has lectured at New York University, Rutgers University, the Saint Ann's School and Philips Exeter Academy. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Oberlin
College, and currently splits his time between New York and Tokyo.

Japan Information and Culture Center Auditorium
Reservations are required for this event:
Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
Lafayette Center III 1155 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Farragut North and West Metro

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