National Book Award Finalist Karen Tei Yamashita will read from her novel "I-Hotel" at an event sponsored by the Center for Asian American Studies.
With humor and tender humanity, Karen Tei Yamashita’s "I-Hotel" centers on an iconic site in Asian American history - the International Hotel epicenter of the Yellow Power Movement. Yamashita’s novel about the Asian American civil rights movement presents a kaleidoscope of the ideals and conflicts, experiments and personalities that characterized the emergence of Asian American identity, culture, and community in the turbulent 1960s.
About the author: Heralded as a "big talent" by the Los Angeles Times, Karen Tei Yamashita is an American Book Award and Janet Heidinger Kafka Award winner. A California native who has also lived in Brazil and Japan, she is Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California-Santa Cruz, where she received the Chancellor's Award for Diversity in 2009.