College of Liberal Arts

National Book Award Finalist Reads from "I-Hotel"

Tuesday Sep 20, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | The Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, The Connally Banquet Hall at 2110 San Jacinto Boulevard

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.

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